Plans for Apple’s next flagship store, to be located within the historic Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square in Washington, D.C, have been approved by the District’s Historic Preservation Review Board (HPRB). The project comprises both an interior/exterior restoration and renovation of the 63,000-square-foot Beaux Arts library, which was constructed in 1903 and added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1969. The plan will allow the library to be shared by Apple and the building’s existing tenant, The Historical Society of Washington. The 2-story Apple store will be located on the first floor and basement levels of the building, and will be designed by Foster + Partners, continuing their collaboration with the tech giant. Restoration efforts will be led by New York’s Beyer Blinder Belle, and will include the reversal of earlier renovations, including a rooftop over the original skylight and the conversion of a reading room into a theater. Opening up the interiors to better light, partitions in the library’s stacks will be removed, and ceiling in the Great Hall will be redesigned to create an atrium.
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