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Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square to Re-Open After Successful Remediation

12/15/2016

WASHINGTON, DC — Events DC, the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia, is reopening the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square after conducting a successful environmental remediation. In September, Events DC temporarily shut down the Library to treat mold found in two areas of the building and conduct thorough environmental testing on the rest of the space. 

“We are committed to making sure each of our buildings is safe for all patrons and employees. I am proud of how quickly and efficiently our team was able to address this concern,” said Gregory A. O’Dell, president and chief executive officer of Events DC. “We look forward to finishing this year on a strong note and are excited for new events and developments at Carnegie in 2017.”

The Carnegie Library opened its doors in 1903, one of thousands of libraries funded by steel industry titan Andrew Carnegie, with the distinction of being the first fully-integrated public building in Washington, DC. In 1999 Congress granted $2 million and a 99-year lease to the Historical Society to use the building as a history museum about Washington, DC. After $20 million of renovations funded by local donors, the Library has served as the home of the Historical Society’s exhibits, public programs, and renowned Kiplinger Research Library since 2003.   

"We are pleased to be back in our clean space in the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square," commented John Suau, executive director of the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. "We will move back to the building after the new year and pending any changes, we plan to reopen to our visitors on Tuesday, January 17, 2017. I would like to thank our researchers and patrons for their patience during the mitigation process and we look forward to welcoming everyone back to the Kiplinger Research Library and to see our exhibit galleries in 2017. We also want to reassure our members and donors that we will remain in the building until 2098."

After months of considering various proposals for re-use of the space, Events DC recently announced that it has entered into a Letter of Intent with Apple Inc. for a potential lease of portions of the Carnegie Library. If final negotiations are successful, the development will help to breathe new life into a popular historic site and to reimagine the original intent for the building, located in the heart of Washington, DC. 

The Library has been an integral part of the two-hundred-year history of Mt. Vernon Square, a fast growing area that has recently seen the construction of the Marriott Marquis Washington DC, Convention Center retail program, as well as a host of new restaurants, retailers and housing developments.