The Georgetown Neighborhood Library was severely damaged by a fire on April 30, 2007. As a result, the building underwent a $17.9 million renovation. Martinez & Johnson Architects, in partnership with Hoshide Williams, were hired to design the renovation of this historic building. The renovated and expanded building re-opened on Oct. 18, 2010.
The renovation restored this neighborhood treasure while adding many modern improvements including:
- Better lighting
- Dedicated space for teens
- Improved ADA access
- More space, including a new, larger Peabody Room, which houses a special collection of materials on the history of Georgetown
- A new outdoor reading terrace overlooking Book Hill Park
- A new bright, spacious children’s room with a special story time space
- Restored woodwork throughout the building
The old mezzanine level was removed, bringing in more light and opening up the first floor to views looking out onto Book Hill Park.
A new third floor now houses the Peabody Collection & Reading Room. Features include:
- Nearly twice as much space for the Peabody Collection
- A spacious reading room with north and south views
- Restored original wood reading tables and chairs, and glass storage cabinets
- Climate-controlled storage areas for the collection
The Georgetown Library features many environmentally-friendly elements and is designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The project has been recognized for historic restoration, receiving a Stewardship Award from the D.C. Office of Historic Preservation.
History of the Georgetown Library
Learn more about the history of the Georgetown Library designed by municipal architect, Nathan C. Wyeth and opened in 1935,