Yesterday, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper, ANC commissioners and friends of the Georgetown Library gathered for the mounting of the cupola, a topping off ceremony which marks the “highest point of completion” of the library restoration. The library, a historically significant building that was severely damaged by fire in 2007, is scheduled to reopen in October 2010, just in time for commemoration of its 75th anniversary.
Mayor Fenty pledged that the $15.7 million restoration will produce a “state-of-the-art facility” with better lighting, improved Americans with Disabilities access, more space, new outdoor reading terrace a new expanded space to house the Georgetown's historic Peabody collection which contains books, documents, photographs and artwork spanning three centuries of Georgetown history. It is one of the most expansive collections of neighborhood history in the nation.
Interim library services are currently being provided at a 4,000-square-foot facility at 3307 M St. N.W. in the former Staples storefront.
DC Library Washingtoniana Division staffmembers Mark Greek and Jerry McCoy hold the old weathervane to be reproduced for placement on the roof.
Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, Mayor Adrian Fenty and Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper at Georgetown Library Topping-Off ceremony
Cupola in place
Workmen getting ready for mounting the cupola on Georgetown Library
Georgetown ANC Commissioners Ron Lewis, Charles Eason and Ed Solomon
Richard Levy, Mayor Adrian Fenty, Ward 2 councilmember Jack Evans, Joan Shorey and head librarian Ginnie Cooper