After years of planning, Apple CEO Tim Cook shared a tweet saying that Apple Carnegie Library, the Cupertino company’s latest flagship store, will be opening on May 11th in Washington, D.C. Here’s everything you need to know about the Historic Apple Carnegie Library.
In July 2017, Apple signed a 10-year agreement to lease an 18,896-square-feet space of the total 51,000-square-foot historic century-old Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C. Apple, alongside famed architectural design firm Foster + Partners, had plans to renovate the historic site into a flagship Apple Store.
Carnegie Library in Washington, D.C. was built in 1903 by Ackerman & Ross. The project was funded by Andrew Carnegie, the famed steel tycoon, and philanthropist. The building itself served as the central library for the city until 1972 when the library moved to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library.
Part of the renovation included restoring the stone facade, removing a recent rooftop addition, a new north exterior stair, and new retail atrium. “The repair of deteriorated historic fabric, removal of incompatible additions and general landscape improvements will help to ensure the accurate preservation of Andrew Carnegie’s vision for generations to come,” says the D.C. Historic Preservation Office.
The first floor will be a dedicated Apple Store, and Apple will be sharing the second-floor space with the Historical Society of Washington, D.C and Kiplinger Research Library. The second floor will also serve as the DC History Center.
“Inspired by the rich history of Carnegie Library, we are reimagining Apple Carnegie Library as a brand-new space to learn. Where everyone is welcome to come and discover all kinds of creativity, connect with new ideas, and share their stories,” says the Apple Carnegie Library site.
Apple says Carnegie Library will open on May 11th, 2019, at 10:00 a.m. ET. The store is located at 801 K St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001. “Part of the grand opening, from May 18 to June 29, learn from inspiring D.C. artists to shape your story through photo, video, music, and art,” says Apple.
Apple hopes that its flagship Carnegie Library, along with Today at Apple will serve as a creative community hub. Apple wants to use the space as not just a store, but as a host to free, open-to-the-public concerts, art exhibitions, workshops for teachers and coding classes for children.