Carnegie Library

801 K Street, NW

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Prominently located at Mount Vernon Square, the Central Public Library, known today as the Carnegie Library, opened its doors in 1903. The Beaux Arts-style building was designed by Ackerman and Ross, a New York architecture firm, and its construction was funded through large contributions made by Andrew Carnegie in 1899. The building served as DC’s central library until 1970 when that function was moved to the new Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library on G Street, NW. Few alterations have been made to the building since its original construction and the building retains a high degree of integrity. The library’s expansive and picturesque landscaped setting amplifies its prominence and plays a critical role in its significance as a civic space. The building is presently undergoing Section 106 Review and is in the process of being converted into mixed use, primarily featuring ground floor retail.

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