Mies-on-an-auction block

In other library-related news, Washington D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams wants to sell lease for 99-years the Martin Luther King Memorial Library. The 1972 Library, designed by Mies van der Rohe is in undeniable need of renovation, and studies have been done showing the feasibility of such an undertaking – see the right image above, designed by a team of AIA members 6 years ago. (white beams? really?) Unfortunately, the local government seems more disposed to use their Mies blood-money to erect a new Central Library and develope the old convention center site only a few blocks away. Then, I suppose they’ll just move the “memorial” name plate and use Mies’ Library for Gun Shows and Flea Markets.

&#183 DC Library Renaissance Project
&#183 Through Glass Darkly: DC’s poor vision for Library [Washington Post]
&#183 Williams Pushes Forward with Library Plan [DCist]