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    • the restored reading and reference rooms within the U.S. Capitol Building
    • Overview

      “I would like to congratulate the entire MSR team for the fine work you have done. The Senate Library has received many favorable comments.
      . . . [It] achieved a first-class appearance.”
      —Kara Schonberger, Project Manager, Architect of the Capitol

      Located in the United States Capitol Building (listed on the National Register of Historic Places), this project involved the restoration of the Senate Library reading and reference rooms with the partial relocation of the collection to the Russell Senate Office Building. The design restores the reading and reference rooms back to the period of initial occupation (c. 1870). As the first project on Capitol Hill to be networked into the new Capitol Hill computer mainframe and Senate Array, the new location offers cutting-edge technology in addition to its historic book and document collection.

    • by the late 19th century, the library had already been significantly altered
    • the project archivally-restored forgotten murals discovered during the renovation
    • the project also included the restoration of adjacent private offices
    • before the relocation, this basement space was in disarray
    • the renovation adds light and quality finishes in keeping with the Capitol space
    • custom-designed work tables are fully networked
    • Specifications

      Location: Washington, DC

      Type: Historic restoration/partial relocation

      Size: 3,000 square feet (restoration); 7,000 square feet (relocation)

    • Project Contact

      Jeffrey Scherer

      • Architect / Principal
      • jeffrey@msrdesign.com
      • 612 359 3223
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      Traci Engel Lesneski

      • Interior Designer / Principal
      • traci@msrdesign.com
      • 612 991 7764
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