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MLKLIP_160303_01.JPG: Re-Imagine Your New MLK Library
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library will undergo a major modernization to meet the needs of DC residents.
Designed by modernist Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and opened in 1972, the building was designated an historic landmark in 2007.
The architect team of Martinez & Johnson and Mecanoo recently completed preliminary designs for the modernization.
While not final, these renderings show the amazing possibilities as we work to transform the historic building into a center for learning, innovation and engagement for District residents.
Learn more at
MLKLIP_160303_16.JPG: A Level -- Public Stairs
MLKLIP_160303_20.JPG: First Floor -- Public stairs
MLKLIP_160303_24.JPG: First Floor -- Great Hall with entrance to informal performance space
MLKLIP_160303_28.JPG: A Level -- Fabrication Lab
MLKLIP_160303_43.JPG: Cafe Interior
There was some questions raised about having a cafeteria in a place where food wasn't encouraged.
MLKLIP_160303_44.JPG: Second floor west wing -- Adult literacy / Center for Accessibility
MLKLIP_160303_50.JPG: Children's Library
MLKLIP_160303_56.JPG: The drawing wall was intriguing
MLKLIP_160303_59.JPG: Second floor south side. Teen area.
MLKLIP_160303_66.JPG: Third floor east wing. Adult collection / Grand Reading Room
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Wikipedia Description: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (MLKML) is the central facility of the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL). Ludwig Mies van der Rohe designed the 400,000 square foot (37,000 mē) steel, brick, and glass structure, and it is a rare example of modern architecture in Washington, D.C.
This library was Mies' last building and his only one ever constructed in Washington, D.C. Additionally, it is the only public library ever designed by Mies. Completed in 1972, the building cost $18 million. The building has been plagued by neglect and problems with its HVAC system. DCPL has recently restored lighting on the entire first floor. DCPL has also recently completed elevator and restroom renovations throughout the building.
On June 28, 2007 the District of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Review Board designated this building a historic landmark. The designation, which applies to the exterior as well as interior spaces, seeks to preserve Mies' original design while allowing the library necessary flexibility to operate as a contemporary library facility.
Named in honor of the American civil rights leader, the building's lobby includes a large mural of Martin Luther King, Jr. by artist Don Miller.
Prior to 1972, Washington's central library was a 1903 Andrew Carnegie-funded building located in Mount Vernon Square. It has been used by the University of the District of Columbia, and later by the City Museum of Washington, D.C..
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2015_DC_MLKLib: DC -- Martin Luther King Memorial Library (5 photos from 2015)
2013_DC_MLKLib: DC -- Martin Luther King Memorial Library (14 photos from 2013)
2008_DC_MLKLib: DC -- Martin Luther King Memorial Library (12 photos from 2008)
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2016_DC_Ripken_160303: Politics & Prose @ MLK Memorial Library -- Cal Ripken, Jr. ("The Closer") (67 photos from 2016)
2013_DC_Meltzer_131023: Politics & Prose @ MLK Memorial Library -- Brad Meltzer ("History Decoded") w/Scott Rolle (120 photos from 2013)
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2016 photos: Equipment this year: I continued to use my Fuji XS-1 cameras but, depending on the event, I also used a Nikon D7000.
Seven relatively short trips this year:
two Civil War Trust conference (Gettysburg, PA and West Point, NY, with a side-trip to New York City),
my 11th consecutive San Diego Comic-Con trip (including sites in Utah, Nevada, and California),
a quick trip to Michigan for Uncle Wayne's funeral,
two additional trips to New York City, and
a Civil Rights site trip to Alabama during the November elections. Being in places where people died to preserve the rights of minority voters made the Trumputin election even more depressing.
Number of photos taken this year: just over 610,000.