New Shaw Library: Design Update

by August 30, 2008 at 9:12 am 1,528 0

Find out what is happening with the design of the new Shaw branch of the D.C. Public Library over at Greater Greater Washington.

In 2004, DC closed the the Watha T. Daniel library in Shaw and several other libraries, to replace the aging buildings with new, modern facilities. Though the interior drew some criticism, neighbors widely praised the open, airy glass design as a huge improvement over the prison-like, concrete, Brutalist original library.

Then, neighbors found out that the cost of the glass forced the library to cut back, replacing the glass facade with a concrete one that even replicated the vertical slit architecture of the original:

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