CFA 16/JUL/09-9


Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library
3160 16th Street, NW
United States

D.C. Public Library
Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library
Addition and renovation
Review Type
Revised concept
Previous Review


Dear Ms. Cooper:

In its meeting of 16 July, the Commission of Fine Arts reviewed the revised concept for the renovation of and addition to the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library at 3160 16th Street, NW. While reiterating its support for the general concept and planning, the Commission requested that the design of the ramp, side yard, and addition be further developed for a future submission.

The Commission members again noted the difficulty of adding to this historic building. They remained concerned that the provision of accessible entry to the building has not been successfully resolved, particularly in light of public comments against the proposed configuration. Reiterating their suggestion to consider an accessible entrance at the front of the building, the Commission members asked again for further study of the proposed ramped entry access as well as development of the design and character of the side yard. The Commission acknowledged the more compatible form and palette of the new addition but again requested further development of the proposed architectural treatment in its detailing, materials, and fenestration.

The Commission members commended the D.C. Public Library for its program of renovations and new buildings and they look forward to seeing the further development of the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library design in a future presentation. As always, the staff is available to assist you with the next submission.


/s/Thomas E. Luebke, AIA

Ginnie Cooper, Chief Librarian
District of Columbia Public Library
901 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

cc: Henry Myerberg, HMA2
Dale Stewart, CORE Architecture + Design