International Spy Museum no longer coming to the Carnegie Library in Mt. Vernon Square

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Back in September of 2013 we learned that the redevelopment project in Mt. Vernon Square would include “the relocation of SPY from its current location at 800 F Street, NW, to the historic Carnegie Library”. No longer the case. Washington Business Journal reports:

“The International Spy Museum and Events D.C. have scrapped plans to redevelop the historic Carnegie Library in downtown D.C. into a new home for the museum and a visitors center.”

They also note that The Spy Museum’s current lease at 9th and F St, NW ends in 2017 and the museum is now actively looking for a new space.

3 Comment

  • Once again, the DC we get is the DC we deserve. The HRPB and the DCPL fought tooth and nail to keep this building empty and leave the grounds for use as a toilet for the homeless, and now they got their wish. Congratulations.

  • Too bad the HRPB couldn’t learn from adaptive re-uses done to other iconic buildings such as the Louve in Paris. This building literally sits in the way of convention attendees from walking to all the shopping and dining that is being built in hopes of getting their business. Now, we’re stuck with a grand building that will continue to sit empty and the grounds neglected by the NPS which is a miserable failure of an agency.

  • I disagree with the other posters. I think what we have now, while certainly leaving a lot to be desired, is superior to the designs that were presented. The spy museum was trying to shoehorn a a huge user into a tiny space, and it predictably left the proposal wanting. Just because the spy museum wasn’t the right tenant does not mean the right tenant is not out there – I think sometimes you need to suck it up and take what you get, and other times it’s better to keep looking, and this is one of the latter times.

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