The Folger’s exterior façade is undergoing restoration (June 2018 - fall 2019). The soft Georgia marble used in the construction of the Folger 85 years ago—and many other Washington-area buildings—is showing signs of severe weathering. By restoring the façade now we are preserving our landmark building for generations of future visitors.
The Folger’s buildings and grounds will remain open to the public, researchers, and staff during this work. However, the Elizabethan Garden will be closed and seven parking spaces on 3rd Street, SE, just south of its intersection with East Capitol Street, will be unavailable for public parking. (Update: These spots are now available for public parking.)
The restoration project will include cleaning the façade’s stone as well as testing the anchors holding the stone to the building. Anchors will be replaced as needed. We will also change the metal flashing at the roof line with stone.
The nine bas reliefs along the front of the building, each of which features a scene from a different Shakespeare play, will also undergo cleaning and conservation treatments. They have been beloved by Folger visitors since the opening of the building in 1932.
We will continue to share more project updates on this page as needed.