Mayor Fenty Celebrates Ongoing Renovations at Petworth Library
Today, Mayor Adrian Fenty joined Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser and DC Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper to celebrate the end of demolition at the Petworth Neighborhood Library with a wall-breaking ceremony.
"Today, we break the interior wall through 70 years of history to revive this library to meet the needs of this community while maximizing this historic landmark’s use," said Mayor Adrian M Fenty. "This new facility will function as a major focal point for community meetings, reading and recreation for years to come."
$12 million renovations for the Petworth Neighborhood Library, located at 4200 Kansas Ave, N.W. began in June 2009 and include a revamped floor plan, window and door restoration, roof repairs, improved ADA access, a new cupola and balustrade, new mechanical and HVAC systems, full restoration of original interior finishes and furniture, new elevator, electrical and fire alarm upgrades, a new outdoor activity area and a 100-person meeting room.
The Petworth Library has served the District well for 71 years," said Ginnie Cooper. "With these improvements, users will have state-of-the-art library services in a space that showcases the building’s classic architecture."
The renovation was designed by Franck & Lohsen and is being completed by the Bennett Group and GCS/Sigal, LLC.
Originally designed by Nathan C. Wyeth, the Georgian revival-style library building first opened on January 27, 1939.
The renovated Petworth Library will re-open its doors in Spring 2011.
During the library’s renovation, library services are being provided at an interim library located directly next to the old facility. The interim library features 20 computers, free WiFi Internet and a wide range of books CDs and DVDs.