Architectural tour of renovated MLK Jr. Memorial Library

Architectural tour of renovated MLK Jr. Memorial Library

September 10, 2022 | 1-2 PM EDT | MLK Library 901 G St NW; Washington, DC 20001

MIT Club of DC

MLK Library


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Built in 1972, the MLK Library was designed by Mies van der Rohe, one of the most influential architects (“starchitects”) in the 20th century. Its distinctive rectilinear glass-and-steel aesthetic exemplifies the Modernist skyscrapers in New York and Chicago, drawing a striking contrast to the surrounding Classical architecture in DC. The Midcentury rectangular form features three glazed floors floating above the ground floor recessed behind a colonnade of black steel columns.

The $210 million renovation took three years and was completed in 2021 by OTJ Architects and a Dutch architecture firm Mecanoon. The architects honored the towering legacy of Dr. King by designing a welcoming, egalitarian space for everyone while celebrating the original design elements by mixing them with innovations for the 21st century learning.

This tour will cover the architectural features, select artwork, 4th floor exhibition on DC history, and breathtaking landscape architecture on the rooftop, as well as the auditorium and conference center, co-working area, a creative lab for music production, and a dance studio.

Registration for the tour is limited to 20 persons. Members of the MIT Club of DC only may register until August 22, 2022. Starting August 22, other MIT alums may register. Each person registering may bring one guest.