Apple to Open Flagship Store at Carnegie Library

The historic building will reopen to be the home of a new Apple store and the DC History Center

The historic Carnegie Library in Mount Vernon Square is reopening Saturday with a brand new Apple store for the D.C. area.

The technology company announced Wednesday that the new Apple Carnegie Library, opening with the new DC History Center from the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., will be its flagship store in the District featuring workshops and a new event space in the heart of Washington.

The relaunch will begin with a six week "StoryMaker Festival" featuring 40 Washingtonian creatives starting May 18 with a kickoff weekend festival, where D.C. rapper Goldlink will perform.

The festival will wrap with a block party on June 29 hosted by artists No Kings Collective.

Reopening after a two year renovation, the Carnegie Library is one of Washington's historical buildings, dating back to 1903 when tycoon Andrew Carnegie funded construction of the building as part of a larger nationwide move to build public libraries.

Built in the Beaux-Arts style, the Carnegie Library was the District's first public library, though the central D.C. Public Library moved to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library in Chinatown in 1970 before it also closed for renovation two years ago.

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