#e.24726 Tuesday 6:30PM to 8:00PM
September 24, 2013
CM | 1.50

D.C. Builds: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library - A Central Branch

National Building Museum
Washington, DC

D.C.’s central library, designed by renowned modern architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in the early 1970s, has been the subject of both praise and criticism. Philip G. Freelon, FAIA, LEED AP, president of The Freelon Group, presents his firm’s conceptual study of the building and discusses the current renovation efforts that are underway. The program closes with a discussion of the future of the library between Freelon and chief librarian Ginnie Cooper, moderated by Mary Fitch, AICP, Hon. AIA, executive director of AIA DC.

Participants will learn about the plans to open the library's first floor into an atrium that will better connect the interior to the streetscape along G and 9th Streets NW.

Participants will learn about the planning and design for the renovated library's green roof.
Participants will learn about plans to convert the 440,000 square foot library building into a 250,000 square foot area for library services while the rest of the space is converted to mixed-use office, retail and residential.

Participants will learn about efforts to balance the renovation of the existing library with the need to preserve the only Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed building in Washington, D.C.



Philip G. Freelon

Ginnie Cooper

(4 Ratings)