In Georgetown, What’s Old Is New Again

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In Georgetown, What’s Old Is New Again

The Georgetown Neighborhood library reopened this morning, nearly three and a half years after a devastating fire.  Mayor Adrian M. Fenty was joined by Council Chair Vincent Gray, Councilmember Jack Evans, Councilmember Harry Thomas, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, Fire Chief Dennis Reuben and Georgetown community members for the ribbon cutting ceremony at 3260 R Street, NW.

“In the wake of the 2007 fire, my Administration was absolutely committed to restoring this vital community resource quickly but without compromising the integrity of the building’s historic beauty,” said Mayor Fenty. “Now this grand Georgetown landmark has risen from its ashes and is better than ever before.”

“The day the fire destroyed this library, the mayor and the city council immediately promised to rebuild,” said Cooper.  “Today we stand before a building that is a testament to their leadership.”

The library’s original blueprints were adapted to support modern library services like public-access computers and outlets to plug-in laptop computers.  In addition, new spaces were created for children in the lower level and for the historic Peabody collection in the roof.   Other modern improvements include:  better lighting and an outdoor reading terrace.

The $17.9 million library renovation has been designed by the District-based firm Martinez & Johnson Architects in partnership with Hoshide Williams.  Smoot Construction managed the project.

On Sat., Oct. 23, the Georgetown Neighborhood Library will host a grand opening party from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Oct. 18, 2010