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New libraries make architectural mark on District neighborhoods

Tenley-Friendship, the District's fourth new library in two years, isn't perfect, but it's an eye-catching improvement to its strip of Wisconsin Avenue. The collective impact of the new libraries is one of the best things to happen to the District, architecturally, in decades.

 
 

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Exterior of the Watha T. Daniel-Shaw Neighborhood Library, one of four new libraries to open in the District since April 2010. Local artist Craig Kraft created the outdoor neon sculpture.


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New libraries bring contemporary look to District neighborhoods
Article | The District's chief librarian, Ginnie Cooper, says there was no concerted effort to make the four libraries built in the past two years all look the same. No effort to produce a modern version of the old Carnegie-style libraries, which brought classical dignity and patriarchal solidity to the id...

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