Under no circumstances has the District of Columbia Public Library ever considered razing the Ludwig Mies van der Rohe-designed building that our central library occupies, as your writer suggests in “Up Scale, Down Scale” (Artifacts, 5/24). For the past two years, the library, along with its board of trustees, has been exploring how best to transform all our buildings into 21st-century libraries. Specific to our central library, those discussions have ranged from completely renovating the building to vacating for a new site. Never has razing the central library building been part of any discussion or even an option considered.
Assistant Director for Management
and Support Services
District of Columbia Public Library