Takoma Park Library

For this project, Forrester Construction renovated the historic Takoma Park Library transforming it into a modern, state-of-the-art library while preserving its original style.  Founded by a donation from Andrew Carnagie, the Takoma Park Neighborhood library was built in 1911 making it the first library in the DC Public Library system.  The project involved a thorough restoration and preservation of the library’s interior and exterior. The interior spaces were renewed with lighting, furniture and floor coverings matching the building’s original Renaissance Revival style and a new vestibule was created. Upgrades were made to the elevator, theft detection, electrical and fire/life safety systems. Exterior work included a full restoration of all windows, doors, trim and the installation of historically-authentic light fixtures. The brick façade was cleaned and repointed and new landscaping was put in place.

Project Location:

Washington, DC


Martinez and Johnson


4,000 SF


6 months


PreConstruction Services

  • Committee of 100 on the Federal City Vision Award
  • ENR Mid-Atlantic Construction Award
  • Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation