Topping-Off Marks Progress on Georgetown Library

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.

(Photo by: R. Smith)DC Library Washingtoniana Division staffmembers Mark Greek and Jerry McCoy hold the old weathervane to be reproduced for placement on the roof.

DC Library Washingtoniana Division staffmembers Mark Greek and Jerry McCoy hold the old weathervane to be reproduced for placement on the roof.

(Photo by: R. Smith)Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, Mayor Adrian Fenty and Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper at Georgetown Library Topping-Off ceremony

Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans, Mayor Adrian Fenty and Chief Librarian Ginnie Cooper at Georgetown Library Topping-Off ceremony

(Photo by: R. Smith)Cupola in place

Cupola in place

(Photo by: R. Smith)Workmen getting ready for mounting the cupola on Georgetown Library

Workmen getting ready for mounting the cupola on Georgetown Library

(Photo by: R. Smith)Georgetown ANC Commissioners Ron Lewis, Charles Eason and Ed Solomon

Georgetown ANC Commissioners Ron Lewis, Charles Eason and Ed Solomon

(Photo by: R. Smith)Richard Levy, Mayor Adrian Fenty, Ward 2 councilmember Jack Evans, Joan Shorey and head librarian Ginnie Cooper

Richard Levy, Mayor Adrian Fenty, Ward 2 councilmember Jack Evans, Joan Shorey and head librarian Ginnie Cooper

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Anonymous

Beth K knows how to make articles interesting while brief. Fits my life style perfectly, and makes me more appreciative of my surroundings. FYI. for the first time recently, attended a jazz concert at the Dumbarton Church. Amazing experience. The accustics were on a par with the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. Really.

Jerry A. McCoy

When the Georgetown Neighborhood Library's Peabody Room opened 75 years ago in 1935, many Georgetown residents gave photographs of their homes to add to the Georgetown history collection. It is my hope that current residents will do the same when the new Peabody Room reopens this fall!

Jerry A. McCoy
Special Collections Librarian/Archivist
Peabody Room
202.727.1213
jerry.mccoy@dc.gov

Anonymous

I have noticed that the dormers on the new roof are not in the same location as the original dormers. Is there any particular reason for this change?