Apple sets its sights on historic Carnegie Library in D.C.'s Mt. Vernon Square for Innovative Apple "Store"

Apple Inc., known as one of the most innovative companies in the world, announced it plans an exciting new facility at D.C.'s historic Carnegie Library to house its second D.C.-area Apple "store." But Apple's plans for the Carnegie Library include far more than Apple's typical chrome, glass, and logo-identifiable shopping venues. Carnegie Library, opened in 1903 with funds donated by Andrew Carnegie, is known as the first desegregated public building in D.C.  The over-100-year-old building has not been used as a library since the 1970s, and it currently houses offices for the Historical Society of D.C.  It is also used as a picture-perfect venue for weddings and private parties.
According to the plans, Apple intends to not only restore the Carnegie Library building but to also reconfigure it as a park-like hangout for open concerts, workshops, concerts, and hands-on classes.  Rather than the Genius Bar, Apple plans a tree-lined "Genius Grove," with natural light that will provide demonstrations on Apple products for music, photo, and other computer projects. Apple has already converted two other historic buildings in Grand Central Station in New York and an opera house in Paris for such a purpose. [caption id="attachment_1640" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Apple Store Carnegie Library DC Apple Store in NYC's Grand Central Station[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1777" align="aligncenter" width="274"]Apple Store Carnegie Library Apple Store Paris[/caption]

Apple meets with the Historic Preservation Review Board on May 25.  The Review Board previously denied a proposal to modify the library by the International Spy Museum because it deemed that the proposed museum would have greatly diminished one of the city’s most famous examples of Beaux-Arts architecture. But if Apple receives approval, the new  "store," as Apple envisions it, will serve as a gathering spot similar to an outdoor park or coffee shop -- no Apple products required, unless of course you want to try one. Genius.

What do you think? Would you pay a visit to the new Apple "store"?

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