Foster + Partners to Design Apple Store Within Washington D.C.’s Carnegie Library

The historic Beaux-Arts structure will receive a new glass entryway. All images courtesy 9to5 Mac.

Foster + Partners will begin rolling out its design for a new Apple store location within Washington, D.C.’s historic Carnegie Library. The District’s Historic Preservation Review Board last week approved plans to install the two-story store without disrupting the building’s existing tenant, the Historical Society of Washington. A forecasted completion date has not yet been announced for the project.


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The forthcoming store will span the first floor and basement of the 63,000-square-foot Beaux-Arts building, which is located in the city’s Mount Vernon Square neighborhood. A rounded grand staircase will be installed on the building’s northern facade, while the entryway’s central pillar will be swapped to create space to accommodate a glass entrance. Partitions in the library’s stacks will also be removed along with original lay-lights in the Great Hall in order to craft a new atrium. Existing upgrades to the structure—including a converted theater and rooftop over the original skylight—will be reversed as part of the overhaul. New York–based Beyer Blinder Belle will spearhead restoration efforts.