Colonial Revival facade
|Architect||Nathan C. Wyeth|
|Location||3260 R St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20007|
|Branch of||District of Columbia Public Library|
The Georgetown Neighborhood Library is a branch of the District of Columbia Public Library located in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, D.C. Established by an act of Congress in 1934, the library houses the collection of its predecessor Peabody Library, which was founded in 1872 by a donation of George Peabody. The library opened in 1935 upon completion of the building, designed by Nathan C. Wyeth in the Colonial Revival style. It holds the only collection of materials in the public library system relating to Georgetown's history.
The District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) is the public library system for residents of Washington, D.C. The system includes 25 individual libraries including Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.
Georgetown is a historic neighborhood and a commercial and entertainment district located in northwest Washington, D.C., situated along the Potomac River. Founded in 1751 in the Province of Maryland, the port of Georgetown predated the establishment of the federal district and the City of Washington by 40 years. Georgetown remained a separate municipality until 1871, when the United States Congress created a new consolidated government for the whole District of Columbia. A separate act passed in 1895 specifically repealed Georgetown's remaining local ordinances and renamed Georgetown's streets to conform with those in the City of Washington.
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The first attempts at creating a public library in Georgetown came in 1867, when the financier George Peabody donated funds to a Board of Trustees of the Peabody Library Association for the purpose of establishing a library for the citizens of Georgetown. The board, chaired by William Wilson Corcoran, invested Peabody's $15,000 donation until March 1872, when they opened the Peabody Library inside the Curtis School on O Street, across from St. John's Episcopal Church. The District of Columbia Public Schools offered them a room in the school, free of charge.
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Eventually, the library outgrew its location, and local citizens' associations sought to build a larger library.In 1934, Congress appropriated $150,000 for the construction of a branch of the District of Columbia Public Library in Georgetown. A site was selected atop a hill, on the corner of Wisconsin Avenue and R Street, the location of the former reservoir. Consequently, the hill and the park that occupies its southern slope became known as Book Hill. The reputed municipal architect for the District of Columbia, Nathan C. Wyeth, designed the Colonial Revival building, whose architecture was designed to blend into the surrounding neighborhood. The library opened in October 1935.
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