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A Legacy of Mies and King: Modernizing the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
April 13

At the National Building Museum.   

See how Francine Houben, creative director of Netherlands-based Mecanoo Architecten, had to consider the significance of a library designed in the sixties by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and named after Martin Luther King, Jr., when she was commissioned to give Washington, D.C.’s central library a new future. In this documentary film, follow Houben as she investigates the past and present in order to design a world-class library. Francine delves into the archives, meets contemporaries of Mies and King, speaks to current visitors of the library, and participates in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march. During her quest, both the building’s namesake and the original architect look over her shoulder critically. A Q&A with DC Public Library executive director Richard Reyes-Gavilan will follow the screening.

This screening is presented by the National Building Museum in partnership with the DC Public Library.

This program is free of charge, though pre-registration is required.