Thursday, January 28, 2010

R Street Library Topped Out: Progress Hailed

The Georgetown Public Library, after a severe fire in 2007, is being re-constructed. On Jan. 27, the building was topped out. The steel cupola was autographed by D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty, Ward 2 councilman Jack Evans and other community leaders and workers before it was raised off the R Street lawn. The afternoon ceremony atop Book Hill marked another milestone for the library's better-than-ever renewal, which is budgeted at more than $15 million. Along with neighborhood commissioners, such as Ed Solomon, the crowd applauded the library's planned re-opening for October this year, noted Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian of the D.C. Public Library. Also at hand was Jerry McCoy, curator of the library's Peabody Room, where valuable records and priceless memorabilia of Georgetown have been stored for decades. Most of its contents had been rescued during the fire and later restored.

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