Takoma Park Library

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. For this project Forrester renovated the historic structure transforming it into a modern, state-of-the-art library while preserving its original style. 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