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9th and G St, NW

From the DC Public Library:

“Who: Francine Houben, architect, Mecanoo Architecten
Richard Reyes-Gavilan, executive director, DC Public Library

What: Present and discuss the new documentary ³A Legacy of Mies and King²

When: Wednesday, March 1; 6.30 p.m.

Where: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. NW

What do you do with a library designed in the sixties by world-famous architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and named after Martin Luther King Jr.? This was the question Francine Houben, creative director of Mecanoo Architecten, had to answer when she was commissioned to modernize the District¹s central library.

The documentary ³A Legacy of Mies and King² follows Houben as she investigates the past and present to design the library of the future. Houben delves into library archives, meets contemporaries of Mies and King, speaks to current library visitors and participates in the District¹s Martin Luther King Jr. Day parade to understand how to give the library a new future.

The screening is part of the events celebrating the closing of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

A discussion with Francine Houben and DC Public Library executive director Richard Reyes-Gavilan will follow the screening.


About the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Modernization

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, D.C.¹s central library, will undergo a complete modernization. Construction will start in Summer 2017 and continue until 2020. When the $208 million transformation is complete, the Library will become the center of activity for the already vibrant downtown area. The building will feature a new, inspiring, and transparent entryway; sculptured monumental stairs; large auditorium and conference center; creative spaces for fabrication, music production and art creation; ground level café with patio; double-height reading room; large, interactive children¹s space; expanded special collections space for researchers and local history enthusiasts, and a rooftop event space with terrace. Public art will be solicited for the reading room, the vestibule and the plaza in front of the building. The art instillations in the vestibule and the plaza will honor Dr. King. The project has been approved by the National Capital Planning Commission, the Historic Preservation Review Board and the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts”


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