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10 D.C. Cultural Institutions Undergoing or Soon to Undergo Major Renovations

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From the National Cathedral to the Watergate Hotel, here are the cultural institutions you should keep your eye on for the next few years. Each one is either currently undergoing or planned to undergo major renovations that will affect residents' and tourists' experience of the city.

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1. Washington National Cathedral

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3101 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 537-6200
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Ever since the 5.8-magnitude earthquake on August 23, 2011, the National Cathedral has undergone renovations. This happening, the largest East Coast temblor in nearly 115 years, caused $34 million worth of damage. The first phase of restorations completed in June 2015. The second phase is set to begin soon. Don't expect the repairs to complete any time soon. They are expected to finish in at least 10 more years.

2. Lincoln Memorial

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2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 426-6841
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With help from philanthropist David Rubenstein's $18.5 million donation, the Lincoln Memorial will undergo a four-year renovation. This renovation is likely the biggest overhaul for the structure since it was dedicated. Expect the exhibit space expanded along with the bathrooms and bookstore. The area underneath the chamber that supports the statue is expected to increase from 750 square feet to 15,000 square feet.

3. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

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901 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 727-0321
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This national landmark is going to undergo a total makeover with additions like maker's spaces, a new children's library, renovated reading rooms, and a new event hall. The landscaping outside of the building will be totally redone with a new cafe added. The renovation is expected to cost over $200 million. The funds won't be released until 2019 and 2020.

4. Phyllis Wheatley YWCA

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901 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

The historic Phyllis Wheatley Young Women's Christian Association, Inc. (Phyllis Wheatley YWCA) building is currently undergoing a $17 million renovation that will preserve 84 permanent, supportive, and affordable housing units for low-income women. This structure was built in 1920 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is named after Phillis Wheatley, who is cited as the first black woman professional poet and writer in the United States by Henry Louis Gates's publication, Trials of Phillis Wheatley: America's Second Black Poet and Her Encounters with the Founding Fathers.

5. National Air and Space Museum

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600 Independence Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20560
(202) 633-2214
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This Smithsonian museum is expected to undergo a nine-year, $410 million comprehensive overhaul. Throughout the project, the museum will remain open, though sections will be closed. The renovations are expected to begin in 2018. What needs to be repaired in the building includes the main roof, HVAC system, and marble facade. The glass curtain wall also allows in too much UV radiation, so it will need to be replaced with triple glazed, thermally broken panels with an aluminum frame and internal steel reinforcement for blast resistance. 1,300 solar panels will also be installed across the roof.

6. The Watergate Hotel

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2650 Virginia Avenue Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20037
(202) 827-1600
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This year, the renovations on the Watergate Hotel are expected to complete. Some of the changes to expect include the addition of a 7,000-square-foot grand ballroom, a 1,800-square-foot junior ballroom, and a 350-person rooftop lounge. Four terraces have also been added. Originally, the hotel housed 251 rooms, but the number is expected to grow to 340.

7. Arts and Industries Building

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900 Jefferson Dr SW
Washington, D.C. 20560
(202) 633-1000
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After over 10 years of being closed, the Arts and Industries Building is expected to open some time this year. The 134-year-old building underwent a $55 million renovation that replaced the roof and rehabilitated the structure. This July, while the building is expected to remain closed to the public, the gift shop will open during the Folklife Festival.

8. Maine Avenue Fish Market

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1100 Maine Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20024
(202) 484-2722
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The nation's oldest open-air market is going to get a brand new look. With a completion hoped for in fewer than two years, developer Hoffman-Madison Waterfront will make a few renovations to the area. These renovations include altering the historic oyster shed so that it's instead an oyster bar, adding a distillery building, constructing a market shed and pavilion, and also creating a wine bar.

9. Constitution Gardens

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1900 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, D.C.

Between the World War II Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Constitution Gardens is undergoing the first phase of renovations. Eventually, the green space will house a 160-foot-long pavilion and a glass-walled restaurant. The Lockkeeper's House will be relocated and rehabilitated. There will also be a new entry plaza at the corner of Constitution Avenue NW and 17th Street NW as well as a perimeter garden wall.

10. National Museum of Natural History

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1000 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20560
(202) 633-1000
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The dinosaur hall is closed and will continue to be closed until 2019. While there is an exhibit on dinosaurs available to the public at this museum, all of the fossils and bones are in storage. Once completed, the 31,000-square-foot hall will feature one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons ever unearthed.

1. Washington National Cathedral

3101 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20016

Ever since the 5.8-magnitude earthquake on August 23, 2011, the National Cathedral has undergone renovations. This happening, the largest East Coast temblor in nearly 115 years, caused $34 million worth of damage. The first phase of restorations completed in June 2015. The second phase is set to begin soon. Don't expect the repairs to complete any time soon. They are expected to finish in at least 10 more years.

3101 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20016

2. Lincoln Memorial

2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW, Washington, D.C. 20024

With help from philanthropist David Rubenstein's $18.5 million donation, the Lincoln Memorial will undergo a four-year renovation. This renovation is likely the biggest overhaul for the structure since it was dedicated. Expect the exhibit space expanded along with the bathrooms and bookstore. The area underneath the chamber that supports the statue is expected to increase from 750 square feet to 15,000 square feet.

2 Lincoln Memorial Circle NW
Washington, D.C. 20024

3. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

901 G St NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

This national landmark is going to undergo a total makeover with additions like maker's spaces, a new children's library, renovated reading rooms, and a new event hall. The landscaping outside of the building will be totally redone with a new cafe added. The renovation is expected to cost over $200 million. The funds won't be released until 2019 and 2020.

901 G St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

4. Phyllis Wheatley YWCA

901 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

The historic Phyllis Wheatley Young Women's Christian Association, Inc. (Phyllis Wheatley YWCA) building is currently undergoing a $17 million renovation that will preserve 84 permanent, supportive, and affordable housing units for low-income women. This structure was built in 1920 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is named after Phillis Wheatley, who is cited as the first black woman professional poet and writer in the United States by Henry Louis Gates's publication, Trials of Phillis Wheatley: America's Second Black Poet and Her Encounters with the Founding Fathers.

901 Rhode Island Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

5. National Air and Space Museum

600 Independence Ave SW, Washington, D.C. 20560

This Smithsonian museum is expected to undergo a nine-year, $410 million comprehensive overhaul. Throughout the project, the museum will remain open, though sections will be closed. The renovations are expected to begin in 2018. What needs to be repaired in the building includes the main roof, HVAC system, and marble facade. The glass curtain wall also allows in too much UV radiation, so it will need to be replaced with triple glazed, thermally broken panels with an aluminum frame and internal steel reinforcement for blast resistance. 1,300 solar panels will also be installed across the roof.

600 Independence Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20560

6. The Watergate Hotel

2650 Virginia Avenue Northwest, Washington, D.C. 20037

This year, the renovations on the Watergate Hotel are expected to complete. Some of the changes to expect include the addition of a 7,000-square-foot grand ballroom, a 1,800-square-foot junior ballroom, and a 350-person rooftop lounge. Four terraces have also been added. Originally, the hotel housed 251 rooms, but the number is expected to grow to 340.

2650 Virginia Avenue Northwest
Washington, D.C. 20037

7. Arts and Industries Building

900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, D.C. 20560

After over 10 years of being closed, the Arts and Industries Building is expected to open some time this year. The 134-year-old building underwent a $55 million renovation that replaced the roof and rehabilitated the structure. This July, while the building is expected to remain closed to the public, the gift shop will open during the Folklife Festival.

900 Jefferson Dr SW
Washington, D.C. 20560

8. Maine Avenue Fish Market

1100 Maine Ave SW, Washington, D.C. 20024

The nation's oldest open-air market is going to get a brand new look. With a completion hoped for in fewer than two years, developer Hoffman-Madison Waterfront will make a few renovations to the area. These renovations include altering the historic oyster shed so that it's instead an oyster bar, adding a distillery building, constructing a market shed and pavilion, and also creating a wine bar.

1100 Maine Ave SW
Washington, D.C. 20024

9. Constitution Gardens

1900 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, D.C.

Between the World War II Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Constitution Gardens is undergoing the first phase of renovations. Eventually, the green space will house a 160-foot-long pavilion and a glass-walled restaurant. The Lockkeeper's House will be relocated and rehabilitated. There will also be a new entry plaza at the corner of Constitution Avenue NW and 17th Street NW as well as a perimeter garden wall.

1900 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, D.C.

10. National Museum of Natural History

1000 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, D.C. 20560

The dinosaur hall is closed and will continue to be closed until 2019. While there is an exhibit on dinosaurs available to the public at this museum, all of the fossils and bones are in storage. Once completed, the 31,000-square-foot hall will feature one of the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons ever unearthed.

1000 Constitution Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20560