From a press release:
“The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. is pleased to announce that it will reopen to the public on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 in the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, manages the property. In September, Events DC temporarily closed the Carnegie Library to treat mold found in two areas of the building and conduct thorough environmental testing on the rest of the space. Events DC announced today that it is reopening the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square after conducting a successful environmental remediation.
“We are committed to making sure each of our buildings is safe for all patrons and employees. I am proud of how quickly and efficiently our team was able to address this concern,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC. “We look forward to finishing this year on a strong note and are excited for new events and developments at Carnegie in 2017.”
During the building closure, the Historical Society offices were relocated to the convention center. The announcement of the closure came just one week before the exhibit “DISTRICT II” was scheduled to open in the Carnegie Library’s East Gallery on the second floor. The Historical Society successfully rescheduled the exhibit, which opened at the National Building Museum on November 19, 2016 and will run through February 12, 2017.
The Historical Society has continued to deliver public programs thanks to the collaboration of many local cultural organizations including the National Building Museum, The George Washington University Museum|Textile Museum, the DC Public Library, Events DC, and the National Archives. The Newseum, an exceptional partner, hosted the 5th annual Making D.C. History Awards just two weeks after the closure of the Carnegie Library, and the event raised over $100,000 for the organization, the most successful to date. The leadership would like to thank each of these partners for their collaboration during the remediation of the building environment.
“We are pleased to be back in our clean space in the historic Carnegie Library on Mt. Vernon Square,” commented John Suau, executive director of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. “We will move back to the building after the new year and pending any changes, we plan to reopen to our visitors in January 2017. I would like to thank our researchers and patrons for their patience during the mitigation process and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to the Kiplinger Research Library and to see our exhibits in 2017. We also want to reassure our members and donors that we will remain in the building until 2098.”
The Carnegie Library opened its doors in 1903, one of thousands of libraries funded by steel industry titan Andrew Carnegie, with the distinction of being the first fully-integrated public building in Washington, DC. In 1999 Congress granted $2 million and a 99-year lease to the Historical Society to use the building as a history museum about Washington, D.C. After $20 million of renovations funded by local donors, the Library has served as the home of the Historical Society’s exhibits, public programs, and renowned Kiplinger Research Library since 2003.
The Carnegie Library has been an integral part of the two-hundred-year history of Mt. Vernon Square, a fast growing area that has recently seen the construction of the Marriott Marquis Washington DC, Convention Center retail program, as well a host of new restaurants, retailers, and housing developments.”