RRA designed the interiors of the new Jeffersonian-style
62,000sf library designed by Hartman Cox Architects. The program included a 226 person auditorium, reading rooms, studies, seminar and conference rooms, an academic research and conservation center and exhibit spaces including the Declaration of Independence Room housing Jefferson’s papers and the Treasure Room. The globe-shaped pendant lighting fixture that dominates the elliptical stairwell is also specially designed to allude to the library as a historical center of knowledge and discovery. The interior finishes, custom light fixtures, furniture and signage were all designed and selected to respect the rich tradition context and weight of the historical documents but with modern comfort and simplicity in mind.