Takoma Park Library
416 Cedar Street NW Washington DC 20012 View Map
Takoma Park Library has been serving this community since first opening in 1911. This historic building was a Carnegie-funded facility, set in nationally registered historic district. In recent years it became the goal of the DC Public Library system to restore and renovate many of their libraries so that they can continue to meet the demands of the District's residents. In 2008, Martinez+Johnson Architecture, as a part of a design/build team was asked to provide interior and exterior renovations for this historic structure, all within an exceedingly exacting budget. The DC Public Library (DCPL) and the supporting neighborhood groups had a vision of what they wanted to accomplish at the site, complete with some initial design parameters. M+J was able to successfully work with all of the parties involved to further define the scope of the project, given the budget that had been established when DCPL accepted the design/build proposal. The exterior design effort required a working relationship with the Historic Preservation Office in order to develop the most appropriate restoration scheme.
The interior of the building did not have an official DC landmark designation, never the less, M+J's design had to maintain the original interior aesthetic while adapting it to the technologies and services required by a modern library user. Designs were drawn for new HVAC and lighting systems, library stacks, security desk, and computer stations. In addition all the finishes in the building were upgraded according to M+J's design. This project was completed in March of 2009.