One of three projects to earn the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s highest honor
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library has served the District of Columbia since 1972. At one point, years of deferred maintenance had taken their toll on the building. As a result, it was considered too old, too big and too far beyond repair to remain the city’s central library. Now, after a three-year, $210 million modernization, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library has earned the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s highest honor, the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation National Preservation Award.