Cleveland Park LibraryThe Cleveland Park Library, at 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW will be rebuilt. The Library has selected the design-build team of Gilbane and Perkins Eastman for this project.

The project is fully funded at $18.6 million.

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Here’s what we know about the library:
The new library will have books and other library materials and separate spaces for children, teens and adults. It will have a range of seating options, a variety of study and meeting room spaces and public computers. The architect shared a concept design for the new library building at a community meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 6.

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What should these spaces and services look like? Where in the building should they be located? What other services should be offered?

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Outside Inspiration

Outside space

Most sketches for the outside include a bump out sidewalk at Connecticut and Macomb. It baffles me how cars and certainly anything larger could make a right hand turn off Connecticut without banging into Macomb traffic going East. Where is the bus stop going to go? When we in cars and are doing a fast drop off of people or books, where will we pull in? Is there space for a lot of bikes to park?

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Character of Cleveland Park Library

What happened to architectural integrity?

The rendering for the new Cleveland Park Library reminds me of another failed library - the Lauinger Library on the main campus of Georgetown University. Interesting, perhaps in its own way (and I'm being generous), but completely out of sync with the rest of the campus. Somehow, the Georgetown community was persuaded that Lauinger was a modern version of Healy Hall. I feel like this building is another Lauinger in ...more »

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Concept Design for the New Library

Smaller is More Beautiful

The proposed design is too big for the site and will cost loads for heating, cooling and lighting. The no added energy is a good concept but DC and this particular architect do not have a great track record in this regard. Geothermal is to be installed for the library but the results for geothermal in this area have been disappointing. Look at the results for the geothermal at Stoddert School. It was very expensive ...more »

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Interior spaces

Congratulations to the CP community on this exciting opportunity to rethink your library as a community resource. I am new to the area and offer my comments having recently been an avid user of a new town library in Wellesley, Massachusetts. The overall library that I'm speaking of is quite a bit larger than what Cleveland Park will be and it supports the entire town not just a section of the town so I write these comments ...more »

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Incorporate the bus stop

The design puts a lot of effort into the facade of the building. But the actual view from the street includes the bus stop, which is also a key element in how many people / families access the library. Right now, the bus stop is too small, and compared to the new library design, too ugly! The public plaza planned for the library should explicitly incorporate a new, larger, more functional, and aesthetically compatible ...more »

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Wasted space and not enough room for books.

I live between the Cleveland Park and Tenleytown libraries, and my kids and I use both on a regular basis. When I learned that the CP library was renovating, I hoped the mistakes of the Tenleytown library would be avoided and its successes repeated. After viewing the plans, I must admit, I’m disappointed. I love the contemporary design of both the Tenleytown and planned CP libraries. But, the Tenleytown library wastes ...more »

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Add a Chimney and Keep the Swifts

At the meeting last night I suggested a substitute for the (somewhat ugly to some of us) "tower" that is currently proposed in the library design concept. This would keep the idea of a taller feature that is visible from a distance. Many people do not know that hundreds of chimney swifts make their summer home at the Cleveland Park library each summer. They arrive in April--having migrated thousands of miles from South ...more »

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