November 16, 2011 Mies van der Rohe

The Future of Mies’ MLK Library

Mies MLK Library

Interesting post from DCist about the debate over the composition of a panel that is looking into what should be done with the Mies van der Rohe-designed Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The eight-person panel convened by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) has no DC residents. The question is: Is that a good thing or not ? Residents were invited to give comments to the Board of Library Trustees at a public meeting Wednesday evening and the panel’s presentation of findings and recommendations will be open to the public. The presentation will be held, Friday Nov. 18 from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Great Hall of the MLK Library if you want to go hear for yourself.

The only Mies-designed building in Washington, the library was designated in 2007 by the District of Columbia’s Historic Preservation Review Board as a historic landmark–both the interior and exterior. It was also listed that same year on the National Register of Historic Places.

Mies' MLK Library

The Mies-designed MLK Library was designed in 1968 and finished in 1972. Experts are examining what should be done with the historic building.