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Folger Director Michael Witmore, the project architect Stephen Kieran of KieranTimberlake, and Anneliza Kaufer of OLIN at the National Building Museum

Hear more about the architectural vision for the building renovation project from Folger Director Michael Witmore, Stephen Kieran of KieranTimberlake, and Anneliza Kaufer of OLIN.


A major update to the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems is an essential part of preserving our landmark building and collection.

statue of Puck with large red F

The Folger's new visual identity includes a custom typeface and bold logo inspired by the historic Folger building's iconic Puck sculpture.

After removing the entire northern foundation wall, crews are starting to extend and strengthen a row of the building's structural steel columns.

From lifting marble slabs weighing thousands of pounds to digging out the excavation site, the Folger building renovation project is well underway—and laying the groundwork for its next steps, too.

Although the renovation work inside the Folger building is largely out of view, it's proceeding just as vigorously as the work outdoors.

After more than a year of preparation, a massive tree just moved 100 feet across the Folger landscape, marking the start of a building renovation that will add exhibition galleries, collaborative research spaces, and more.

Restoration work on the bas reliefs

The Folger’s exterior façade underwent restoration because the soft Georgia marble used in the construction of the Folger 88 years ago was showing signs of severe weathering.