Join us for this unique opportunity to explore DC’s newly-renovated main library originally designed by world-renowned architect, Mies van der Rohe, his only building in Washington, DC.
Susan Haight and Michael Thomas, library docents and FBWE Village members, will be our special guides. As long-time DC library supporters at our local branch and city-wide, they’ll provide a unique perspective of how this re-imagined public space is enhancing our community.
The renovation respects the linearity of the iconic original but plays off against it with an interior of whimsical curves and dips. The grand MLK Jr. mural has been restored, while colorful new art dances in the building’s light. Go up a dramatic sculptured staircase and peek at the children’s slide. Check out an e-book or a hammer; visit the Go-Go collection in The People’s Archive; create music and art; or meet up with others in quiet meeting rooms or relax on the new roof terrace reading garden.
The tour will begin in the Entry Vestibule on the first floor and last 60- 90 minutes. Masks are required. Comfortable shoes are recommended. There are several restaurants nearby for those who wish to enjoy lunch afterwards.
ACCESSIBILITY: Elevators to all levels within the building.
TRANSPORTATION: Blue/Orange/Silver line to Metro Center. Walk two blocks east from the 11th St. exit. Red Line to Gallery Place to 9th St exit.
REGISTRATION: FBWEV Village members and volunteers.