It's kind of hard to believe that the R.L. Christian Library is still standing. It hasn't been in use as a library since 2009 and though a muralist painted its exterior, it still looks like an abandoned anachronism on changing H Street NE, as if quietly sighing, "Yes, I'm still here." It may not be for much longer. The brothers of Miller of Fundrise/Popularise (or according to this Washington Post article, merely Rise) are seeking to purchase the parcel of land, and should the sale go through, they will crowdfund a new mixed used project on that corner with thirty apartments and retail. Perhaps it would remain true to the history of the place if one of the retail outlets was a bookstore but as with all Fundrise projects, the investors will ultimately have a say.
· Crowdfunded venture proposed for city property in D.C. [WaPo]
· Fundrise [Official Site]
· All Fundrise Coverage [CDC]