International Spy Museum plans to relocate to L’Enfant Plaza


According to the Washington Business Journal, the International Spy Museum plans to relocate to a new building at the L’Enfant Plaza sometime within the next two years. The building will cost a whopping $100 million dollars. The museum intends on building a 100,000-square-foot, six-story building (located at 900 L’Enfant Plaza). The proposal is contingent on approval from the Commission of Fine Arts; the museum will present its plans to the commission on April 16. When the new and improved museum opens its doors in 2017, it will include the following: expanded exhibit space, three times the special event space, a rooftop terrace and an open air plaza on the ground level that would be open to the public. The building will be designed by London-based Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners, the firm co-founded by renowned architect Richard Rogers. The financial elements of the deal have not been finalized as of yet. The L’Enfant deal comes after the Spy Museum’s plan to relocate to the Carnegie Library at Mount Vernon Square fell through last fall. The museum and its partners, Events D.C. and the Historical Society of Washington D.C., clashed with the Historic Preservation Review Board, who argued that the additions to the library envisioned in the plan would alter the character of the historic building. The new location will enable the Spy Museum to host temporary exhibits and tell some of its existing stories on a deeper level.


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