[from Archie Williams, DCPL]
The Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue, NW, is being renovated. The cost of the renovation is approximately $11.4 million.
Phase I -- Exterior renovation began June 2009. Library remains open during this time.
Work includes: window and door restoration, masonry repointing and cleaning, roof repairs, new exterior lighting, improved ADA access, and a new cupola and balustrade on the roof according to the original design intent.
Phase II – Interior renovation begins November 2009. The library will close at this time and will re-open Spring 2011. A 4,200 square foot interim library will open on site in November.
Improvements include: new mechanical and HVAC systems, better lighting, improved use of space, restoration of original interior finishes and furniture, new furniture, elevator improvements, new floors, updated bathrooms, electrical and fire alarm upgrades, landscape enhancements, and a new outdoor area for programs and activities. The Interim will be a full service library, featuring 20 computers, free WiFi Internet, regular library hours, and a wide range of library materials.