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Building of the Day Tour: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library

Get an exclusive, behind-the-scenes peek of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library construction project. The historically protected building, designed by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, is undergoing a three-year, $208 million modernization that will completely transform the District’s central library. New features will include a double-height grand reading room, a maker space, large auditorium and conference space, a café, and a rooftop terrace. Attendees will be provided a look at the project in its early stages, after demolition but before close-in.

Please note: The tour will involve climbing exterior scaffolding. This is an active construction site, so long pants and hard-soled, close-toed boots or shoes are required.

Presented by: Rauzia Ally, AIA - DC Public Library


After attending this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the issues and solutions of designing and delivering the modernization of a historically protected building;
  • Explain new features that update the historic building to a modern public library space and learning center;
  • Investigate, through first-hand observation, the project in its early stages, after demolition but before close-in; and
  • Explore the environment of an active construction site, considering organization, methods, and safety.