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Legoland’s Georgetown by Orlando Bob.

Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • Carol Joynt celebrates the tenth anniversary of Q & A Cafe with an interview with Jack Abramoff.
  • The city settled for only $6 million with the construction company that caused the Georgetown Library fire in 2009. It initially sought $13 million and the total cost to rebuild the library was $23 million.

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Taste of Georgetown by M.V. Jantzen.

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Fall in Montrose Park by Laura Padgett.

Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • The Georgetown Library will have its ribbon cutting next Monday at 10:45 AM. The party just keeps going when on Saturday the library celebrates its 75th anniversary with a grand opening party from 10:00 AM till 4:00 PM.
  • The anatomy of a Georgetown Cupcake line-dweller. (For what it’s worth, ever since Baked and Wired has been dubbed the official place-you’re-supposed-to-mention-when-casting-scorn-on-Georgetown-Cupcake, GM has noticed its lines get kinda bad when he’s passed by[which has also coincided with the shutting down of the Thomas Jefferson St. bridge which the owners of B&W were all in angst over]).

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What the Inside of the Library Looks Like Now

Last week, GM show you a few snap shots of what the new library will hold, today he’ll pan out a bit and show you what the interior looks like. It’s quite a striking new interior and Georgetown has a renewed treasure in its midsts.

The first space you’ll see is the grand lobby. The high ceilings give the room a church-like air. And while the detailing reminds you that this is a historic building, the glass encased stairway down to the lower level tells you that this new building is going to be a mix of the new with the old. (By the way here’s what this room was supposed to look like; it turned out pretty much as they promised:

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DCPLF Offers Sneak Peak at New Library

Anna Velazco and Anna Fuhrman of the DC Public Library Foundation

Tuesday night, the DC Public Library Foundation, a non-profit that supports the mission of the District public libraries, opened the doors of the soon to be finished Georgetown Library to the group’s donors.

The crowd was given the chance to poke around the new space, from the funky childrens library in the basement to the Peabody collection in the third floor. (GM will have a complete set of photos of the new space for you next week).

And the new Peabody Collection and Reading Room is a fantastic new addition to the refurbished space. Occupying what once was the attic, the precious collection hosts a treasure trove of Georgetown history. Jerry McCoy, the special collections librarian in charge of the Peabody collection, has taken to calling it “Georgetown’s Attic.” Check out some of the artifacts on display Tuesday night:

An old Beall Street sign (Beall Street was renamed O St., and by the way it’s pronounced “bell”).

Clock from the old Peabody Room, frozen in time from just a few minutes after the fire started. Interesting story: had the cupola fallen to the east instead of to the west, the entire Peabody collection would have been lost. Thankfully it wasn’t, and after some high tech freezing and recovery, the vast majority of the collection survived. Continue reading

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First Look: The Georgetown Library

The fences around the Georgetown Library came down the other day, which gave GM and chance to poke around the building as it nears completion. He took a few shots, so check them out:

Above is the new ramp that goes from the side walk up the the front door. It’s well done and merges into the landscaping when you look at the building from the front.

There is a large patio right out the back door of the library. Below that is a sloping terrace down to the lower level. This is where the children’s library will be. The sloping terrace allows a lot of light in. Continue reading

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Georgetown Temporary Library to Close This Saturday, New Library Opens October 18th

This Saturday, the temporary library on M St. that has served Georgetown while the historic library is repaired, will close. The newly refurbished historic library will open October 18th.

GM heard an intriguing rumor the other day that East Banc, the building owner of the temporary space, offered to extend the temporary library’s lease rent free. The idea would be to create a satellite library for lower Georgetown. Considering that Book Hill is is so high up Georgetown, this would be a boon to lower Georgetown. Continue reading

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Gull by Tom-Odda1.

Good morning Georgetown, here’s the latest:

  • The Georgetown library will open on October 18th. Huzzah.
  • A new Georgetown blog is on the scene: the Georgetown Patch. So far there’s an excellent article on Hardy. GM welcomes them and hopes they keep up the good work.
  • O st. and P st. construction to start up in November.

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Georgetown Fall Preview

GM got back from his week off last night, and while the summer still has a few weeks left in it, with the beach behind him and schools open today GM’s views inevitably turn towards the fall. Although it’s ecologically a season of decay, here in Georgetown it will be a season of renewal. Below, Gm takes a look at the projects definitely likely to come on-line this fall and those that might.

The Definite:

  • Georgetown Library – This October, Georgetown’s historic library will be reborn. After a devastating fire in 2007, the library was rebuilt better than it was before.
  • New Circulator route – It was just last fall that Georgetown was fighting to keep our current Circulator route. After a huge grassroots effort (and the intervention of Jack Evans) the old route was saved. Better still, the last Blue bus route will be turned into a new Circulator route. The route is scheduled to start up in September, although you sure wouldn’t know it from the Circulator’s website.
  • Capital Bikeshare – In another September transportation innovation, four Capital Bikeshare stations will be setting up in Georgetown. GM has already signed up, have you?
  • National Pinball Museum – This self-evidently awesome museum is supposed to be opening up in the Georgetown mall this fall.
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