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Restoring the Iconic MLK Library

Smoot DC and its joint venture partner are managing construction efforts to renovate and transform Washington’s Central Public Library. A facility originally designed by Mies van der Rohe, it is the modern master’s only realized library and only project in DC. With its historic exterior, the MLK Library restoration is an internationally important test case of how a landmark modernist structure can be sensitively transformed to accommodate the features and spaces of a 21st century central library.

Leading Smoot’s team is Project Manager Jeff Tilton who is overseeing the complex restoration efforts. The library is Jeff’s third major historic restoration project for Smoot after successful restorations of the U.S. Capitol Dome and National Gallery of Art East Building.

When completed in 2020, the transformed library will house a spectacular new, vibrant and transparent entryway; sculptured monumental stairs; large auditorium and conference center; creative spaces for fabrication, music production and art creation; ground level café with patio; double-height reading room; newly designed special collections space for researchers and research enthusiasts, and a roof top event space with terrace.