City Paper is not for tourists
As with any Ludwig Mies van der Rohe building, the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library runs on perfect symmetry. If something goes wrong, like a dead light bulb or a broken window, it immediately sticks out.
In September, Eric Coard, the chief business officer with D.C. Public Library, noticed a crack in a window on the flagship library’s fourth floor. The window, located at the end of a corridor, faces 9th Street NW. The crack, he says, was 12 inches long and looked “just like a snake.” “I thought it posed a danger,” he explains, adding that the glass was promptly removed and replaced with wood. The problem is that window has remained boarded up. Coard says a finalized contract to fix the window should be imminent.
“It’s gone on a little longer than I would have liked,” Coard admits. “We’re just trying to get the window replaced now.”