Commission of Fine Arts Okays Adjaye’s New DC Public Library Designs

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Commission of Fine Arts Okays Adjaye’s New DC Public Library Designs

(Washington) - The Commission of Fine Arts endorsed the D.C. Public Library’s concept designs of the Washington Highlands and Francis A. Gregory neighborhood libraries at its May meeting.  This allows the world-renowned architect David Adjaye to move forward with developing final design plans.

“We are delighted that the Library is moving one step closer to building these new libraries,” said Ginnie Cooper chief librarian for the DC Public Library.  “Library users in the District deserve world-class buildings and David’s designs will offer these neighborhoods an innovate space that will serve them well into the future.’  

At the meeting Thursday, the library was praised for selecting high-caliber architects to design neighborhood libraries.  When approving the Adjaye concept designs, the commission noted, “this could be the golden age of libraries in the District.”  

The Francis A. Gregory and Washington Highlands neighborhood libraries are the first public library projects in the United States designed by David Adjaye.  In addition, noted architects Phil Freelon and the late J. Max Bond have also designed neighborhood libraries currently under construction in the District.  All three architects were selected by the Smithsonian to design the new National Museum of African-American History and Culture on the National Mall.

The U. S. Commission of Fine Arts advises the government on matters pertaining to the arts and the architecture in Washington, including the designs of federal and District government buildings.  There are two levels of review, concept and final.  The final review of a project occurs when design plans are close to completion.

With this approval, the library will refine the designs and schedule meetings with the communities around the Francis A. Gregory and Washington Highlands neighborhood libraries.

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