Apple shares first official photos of Carnegie Library store in DC

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Apple on Thursday previewed its Carnegie Library store in Washington, D.C., set to open on Saturday at 10 a.m., saying it will help the Library once again serve a public good despite much of it being turned into a private store.

Apple Carnegie Library


The store represents Apple's "most extensive historic restoration project to date," the company said. The building was originally Washington's Central Public Library, funded and opened by Andrew Carnegie in 1903. Apple worked with conservation experts on preserving facades and details, and restoring interior spaces to their original dimensions. Apple's usual architectural firm, Foster + Partners, operated in conjunction with chief design officer Jony Ive.

Apple Carnegie Library


"I love the synergy between old and new, the juxtaposition of the historic fabric and contemporary design," Ive said in a prepared statement.

The exterior has a revamped K Street plaza, as well as a new staircase on Mount Vernon Place. Lighting comes partly from a restored skylight.

Apple Carnegie Library


The building hasn't been completely handed over to Apple. The iPhone maker will share space with the D.C. History Center, which includes the Kiplinger Research Library, three galleries, and a museum store. A new grand staircase connects to the Center on the second floor.

Apple Carnegie Library


As previously announced the outlet will be holding a "StoryMakers Festival" between May 18 and June 29, consisting of Today at Apple sessions from 40 artists.

Development has been ongoing since 2016 and somewhat controversial for multiple reasons. Apple had to pay the building's owner, Events D.C., somewhere between $1 million and $2 million to cover losses versus prior usage. The company's arrival also meant the relocation of the Library's book collection, and despite Apple positioning its retail chain as "town squares," its events are ultimately focused on selling products.

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  • Reply 1 of 16
    LatkoLatko Posts: 398member
    OK, merits - as this will undoubtedly put Tim & Joni between Michelangelo, Frank Lloyd Wright, Aga Khan and Le Corbusier. Subsequently, can we customers (who funded this all) now go on with our lives - and get to hear when MacPro, improved MacBook keyboards, smallbezel iPads, iOS DarkMode, smaller volumeHUD’s and 100’s of other things will be programmed ? It may be surprising to the Apple Board, but those are the things due that we funded in the first place and that’s where their primary responsibility is.
    edited May 9 AppleExposed
  • Reply 2 of 16
    iOS_Guy80iOS_Guy80 Posts: 197member
    Latko said:
    OK, merits and after positioning Tim & Joni between Michelangelo, Frank Lloyd Wright, Aga Khan and Le Corbusier, can we go on with our lives ? (and get to hear when the MacPro, new MacBook keyboards, iOS DarkMode, smaller volumeHUD’s and 100’s of other things due will be programmed ?)
    And when the new hardware and software does come out there will be another fabulous building to sell them in.
    tmayAppleExposedrepressthis
  • Reply 3 of 16
    SpamSandwichSpamSandwich Posts: 31,309member
    “...robber baron Andrew Carnegie...”

    Why make such a comment in a story about Apple? “Robber baron” is the view of a progressive hack. Carnegie was a businessman.
    JWSCentropysmike1repressthis
  • Reply 4 of 16
    apple ][apple ][ Posts: 8,687member
    “...robber baron Andrew Carnegie...”

    Why make such a comment in a story about Apple? “Robber baron” is the view of a progressive hack. Carnegie was a businessman.
    I agree. Business practices and ethics were different back then. There was also very little in the way of rules and regulations.

    If the person is so bad, then why open a store in a building bearing their name?

    Should we refer to this store as the robber baron Apple Store?
  • Reply 5 of 16
    spice-boyspice-boy Posts: 889member
    “...robber baron Andrew Carnegie...”

    Why make such a comment in a story about Apple? “Robber baron” is the view of a progressive hack. Carnegie was a businessman.
    No, robber baron is exactly what Carnegie, Frick and your other gilded age heroes were. Unimaginable fortunes made with monopolies and no regards to the damage caused to society, the economy eventually lead to anti-trust laws. Poverty in America fortunately has not been as devastating as it was in that era, child labor, orphans living in the streets of big cities. So Ebenezer SpamSandwich get ready to meet your own Jacob Marley.  
    minicoffeefastasleep
  • Reply 6 of 16
    spice-boyspice-boy Posts: 889member

    apple ][ said:


    Should we refer to this store as the robber baron Apple Store?
    Has a nice ring to it!
    repressthis
  • Reply 7 of 16
    entropysentropys Posts: 1,799member
    Those box chairs look so uncomfortable it’s offputting..
  • Reply 8 of 16
    mike1mike1 Posts: 1,911member
    entropys said:
    Those box chairs look so uncomfortable it’s offputting..
    Perfect for a store. Comfortable enough to take a load off for a while, but not comfortable enough for you to camp out all day for free WiFi.
    repressthiscaladanian
  • Reply 9 of 16
    iOS_Guy80iOS_Guy80 Posts: 197member
    mike1 said:
    entropys said:
    Those box chairs look so uncomfortable it’s offputting..
    Perfect for a store. Comfortable enough to take a load off for a while, but not comfortable enough for you to camp out all day for free WiFi.
    Our Library could learn a lesson from this, chairs are to comfortable and people conduct day long business at tax payer expense.
    repressthis
  • Reply 10 of 16
    iOS_Guy80 said:
    mike1 said:
    entropys said:
    Those box chairs look so uncomfortable it’s offputting..
    Perfect for a store. Comfortable enough to take a load off for a while, but not comfortable enough for you to camp out all day for free WiFi.
    Our Library could learn a lesson from this, chairs are to comfortable and people conduct day long business at tax payer expense.
    Hmmm. I'm guessing that the majority of those "people," if not all, are taxpayers...
  • Reply 11 of 16
    mac_dogmac_dog Posts: 700member
    Latko said:
    OK, merits - as this will undoubtedly put Tim & Joni between Michelangelo, Frank Lloyd Wright, Aga Khan and Le Corbusier. Subsequently, can we customers (who funded this all) now go on with our lives - and get to hear when MacPro, improved MacBook keyboards, smallbezel iPads, iOS DarkMode, smaller volumeHUD’s and 100’s of other things will be programmed ? It may be surprising to the Apple Board, but those are the things due that we funded in the first place and that’s where their primary responsibility is.
    Let’s be honest. To say that you (& other customers) funded it is a overly dramatic and inflammatory. You paid apple some money in exchange for a product (or service)—and a good one at that. Your involvement ended there. 
    randominternetpersonLordeHawkrepressthis
  • Reply 12 of 16
    paul kpaul k Posts: 7member
    Is there a ramp to the front door? If not, there should be.
  • Reply 13 of 16
    AppleExposedAppleExposed Posts: 1,381unconfirmed, member
    MY GOODNESS!! This is the most beautiful one yet!
    repressthis
  • Reply 14 of 16
    bestkeptsecretbestkeptsecret Posts: 3,366member

    I had to do a double take on the first picture since I thought it was the British Museum!

    This really looks amazing!

    repressthis
  • Reply 15 of 16
    fastasleepfastasleep Posts: 3,083member
    Latko said:
    OK, merits - as this will undoubtedly put Tim & Joni between Michelangelo, Frank Lloyd Wright, Aga Khan and Le Corbusier. Subsequently, can we customers (who funded this all) now go on with our lives - and get to hear when MacPro, improved MacBook keyboards, smallbezel iPads, iOS DarkMode, smaller volumeHUD’s and 100’s of other things will be programmed ? It may be surprising to the Apple Board, but those are the things due that we funded in the first place and that’s where their primary responsibility is.
    You didn't fund shit, and building out a store does not preclude Apple from doing other things. If you honestly think this is slowing down the development of Dark Mode you're an idiot. If you're being dishonest, then you're just a troll.

    Can we get the Dislike button back please?


  • Reply 16 of 16
    LoneStar88LoneStar88 Posts: 288member
    Latko said:
    OK, merits - as this will undoubtedly put Tim & Joni between Michelangelo, Frank Lloyd Wright, Aga Khan and Le Corbusier. Subsequently, can we customers (who funded this all) now go on with our lives - and get to hear when MacPro, improved MacBook keyboards, smallbezel iPads, iOS DarkMode, smaller volumeHUD’s and 100’s of other things will be programmed ? It may be surprising to the Apple Board, but those are the things due that we funded in the first place and that’s where their primary responsibility is.
    Apple customers exchange money for Apple products. Once those transactions take place, Apple has no obligation beyond warranty coverage to those customers.
    fastasleep
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