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MLK Library Reconstruction Proposed Designs to be Submitted to HPRB

The selected images below accompany the July 2015 issue pdf page 1 news report “Long-Awaited Reconstruction of MLK, Jr. Central Library Project Ready for Design Concept Approval by DC and Federal Boards .”

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Architect’s rendering showing proposed 5th floor addition and rooftop terrace. image--courtesy DC Public Library.

Architect’s rendering showing proposed 5th floor addition and rooftop terrace. image–courtesy DC Public Library.

Current view of the main information desk in front of the Great Hall’s existing rear above which is mounted the MLK, Jr. mural. image--courtesy DC Public Library.

Current view of the main information desk in front of the Great Hall’s existing rear above which is mounted the MLK, Jr. mural. image–courtesy DC Public Library.

Architect’s rendering showing how the vista through the Great Hall into the newly created meeting and performance space would appear following removal of the rear wall below the mural. image--courtesy DC Public Library.

Architect’s rendering showing how the vista through the Great Hall into the newly created meeting and performance space would appear following removal of the rear wall below the mural. image–courtesy DC Public Library.

How the proposed 4th floor auditorium would rise up into a newly added 5th floor. image--courtesy DC Public Library.

How the proposed 4th floor auditorium would rise up into a newly added 5th floor. image–courtesy DC Public Library.

How the informal performance space now to be opened up from the rear of the Great Hall can be utilized; the building shown through the expansive windows is across G Place immediately north of the library. image--courtesy DC Public Library.

How the informal performance space now to be opened up from the rear of the Great Hall can be utilized; the building shown through the expansive windows is across G Place immediately north of the library. image–courtesy DC Public Library.

The G Street entrance vestibule as it is now. image--courtesy DC Public Library.

The G Street entrance vestibule as it is now. image–courtesy DC Public Library.

The G Street entrance vestibule as it as the architects envision it can be. image--courtesy DC Public Library.

The G Street entrance vestibule as it as the architects envision it can be. image–courtesy DC Public Library.

The entrance as it now is when approached from outside on G Street. image--courtesy DC Public Library.

The entrance as it now is when approached from outside on G Street. image–courtesy DC Public Library.

The entrance as the architects envision it can be when being approached from outside on G Street. image--courtesy DC Public Library.

The entrance as the architects envision it can be when being approached from outside on G Street. image–courtesy DC Public Library.

Architect’s rendering of how the interior public stairway can be opened up and made truly inviting to use as compared to its current service-like, gloomy -- almost threatening -- appearance. image--courtesy DC Public Library.

Architect’s rendering of how the interior public stairway can be opened up and made truly inviting to use as compared to its current service-like, gloomy — almost threatening — appearance. image–courtesy DC Public Library.