January 28, 2022

Library Design: A New Vision For D.C’s Martin Luther King Jr. Library

UPDATE (9/20): More Information and Photo Gallery in a Second Washington Post Article
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From The Washington Post:

The D.C. Public Library tonight unveiled renderings of a reimagined Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, our central downtown library.

The design, done for DCPL by the North Carolina-based Freelon Group, implements the concepts contemplated by a blue-ribbon Urban Land Institute panel earlier this year — that is, a thorough overhaul of the existing Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed building featuring two new stories that would accommodate high-priced office space that could help finance the project.


So is it doable? Can the city afford it? Local real estate maven Jair Lynch told the board a full renovation would cost the city $9 to $13 million yearly for 30 years, while setting out several financing options — some of which involve selling the building to a private party and leasing back the library space.

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See Also: DC Public Library Explores Future of Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Building (via DCPL)

See Also: #MLKFuture2012

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