DC is considering building a new library. This decision is causing some debate. The current library is in need not functional and has been neglected since it was built.The cost to build a new library in the same vein as Seattle or Phoenix or rehabilitate the existing library is approximately the same. One concern raised is the existing library was designed by Miles Van Der Rohe and due to this some of the community want to rehab the existing building.
I want to hear what the cyburbia thinks. Should DC create a new, signature downtown library or does the District already have a masterpiece that needs to be rehabilitaedan architecture masterpiece? Does the fact that the architect did few public buildings and this was one of the last building build by him before his death? ( If DC builds new the old library will be leased to a private company for 99 years.) Needless to say the current library (pictured below) does not match the architecture of the District. Your thoughts?