DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA PUBLIC LIBRARY - NORTHEAST NEIGHBORHOOD LIBRARY
Built in the 1920s, The District of Columbia Public Library’s Northeast Neighborhood Library has remained largely unchanged since its opening. The existing library retains many of the features of the original building including plaster moldings, decorative woodwork, casework, ornamental trim, and various other built-in furnishings that contribute to its historic character. The goal of the project was to create a successful renovation of the interior which will allow the library to operate effectively based on today’s current library trends, while preserving the significant interior features that the community cherishes. The successful merger of programmatic and historical goals will create a truly unique facility for the community.
The current library contains several information desks that are largely unused and significantly reduce the available space for collection and seating areas. The library wanted to reconfigure the current spaces to increase operational efficiencies and capacities while also adding conference areas, a large multi-purpose space, additional staff areas, and children’s program room. The selected design solution for the project removes the existing inadequate and enclosed interior stair and creates a new open stair in a small glass addition at the back of the building. By removing the main circulation from within the building, additional public areas were able to be created and the entry sequence and visibility within the space was greatly enhanced.
When completed, the project will transform the existing 17,000 sf facility into a new 21,200 sf facility, with greatly improved circulation, wayfinding, programmatic efficiency, and program spaces.