Events DC and International Spy Museum Announce Plans to Redevelop the Carnegie Library at Mt.. Vernon Square
Events DC, the official convention and sports authority of the District of Columbia, and the Malrite Company, the Cleveland-based owner of the International Spy Museum (SPY), announced today the proposed redevelopment of Mt. Vernon Square, including the relocation of SPY from its current location at 800 F Street, NW, to the historic Carnegie Library. The project, with Events DC and Malrite as co-developers, would add 58,000 square feet of new space to the Library, create a state-of-the-art Visitors Center, and consolidate and renovate the Historical Society of Washington’s galleries and offices, while bringing a variety of community amenities to one of the capital city’s original green spaces.
The proposed development includes 40,000-square-feet of new underground space below the Library for SPY, creating large flexible exhibit areas for the Museum. The interior of the Library would be renovated to enhance special event uses for both Events DC and SPY, and the addition of a sculpted glass pavilion on the north side of the Library would house the Visitors Center, a new café, and the Museum’s retail store. Proposed site improvements to the Mt. Vernon Square grounds include outdoor seating, a small amphitheater and a playground to create various programming options and other green space public amenities.