The International Spy Museum, a popular private attraction in the District, would relocate to the former Carnegie Library in Mount Vernon Square under a plan by D.C. officials.
Events DC, which manages the District’s convention and sports business, announced Monday that it planned to renovate and expand the historical library building by moving the Spy Museum to the library’s underground space and building a “sculpted glass pavilion” on the north side of the building that would house a visitors center, café and the Spy Museum store.
Events DC, run by president and chief executive Gregory O’Dell, also plans to add outdoor seating, an amphitheater and a playground around the building. Events DC and Malrite, the Cleveland-based museum owner, would serve as co-developers of the project. The Historical Society of Washington would keep its offices in the building as well.
In all, the project would add 58,000 square feet to the property, but the idea requires approval from local and federal stakeholders because of the historical nature of the grounds and library building, which was completed in 1903 and served as the city’s central library until 1970. The centerpiece of Mount Vernon Square, the Carnegie Building was one of thousands of libraries built nationwide with funds donated by steel tycoon and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie.