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Architect Chosen for National Churchill Library and Center

President Steven Knapp and his wife, Diane Robinson Knapp, with Randolph  Churchill and Jennie Churchill Repard, Winston Churchill’s great-grandchildren (center), at the 30th International Churchill Conference, hosted by GW.After a competitive bidding process, world-class architecture firm Ayers Saint Gross has been selected to design the planned National Churchill Library and Center at GW’s Gelman Library. The firm’s previous projects include the National Library for the Study of George Washington at the Mount Vernon Estate and Gardens in Mount Vernon, Virginia, and the Thomas Jefferson Foundation’s Monticello Visitor and Education Center in Charlottesville, Virginia. Ayers Saint Gross come to GW having completed an impressive list of previous projects with universities, and university libraries in particular, around the country

“We’re so excited to be part of this major project at the Estelle and Melvin Gelman Library,” said Jason Wilcoxon, associate principal of Ayers Saint Gross and lead architect on the National Churchill Library and Center design project. “Winston Churchill was a hero at a time when the world was looking to him for leadership. We hope to bring him to life and infuse his personality and character into the design of this space, while staying modern in our aesthetic and meeting the needs of the researchers who will frequent the National Churchill Library and Center.”

GW’s partner in this endeavor is the Chicago-based Churchill Centre, a membership organization established in 1994 as a successor to the International Churchill Society of the United States to keep alive the memory of Winston Churchill. The Churchill Centre’s Executive Director Lee Pollock said, “The Churchill Centre has dreamed of a world-class Washington, D.C.-based Churchill Library and Center such as this for many years, and it is exciting that we are now moving forward!”

Visit go.gwu.edu/gwchurchill to support the creation of the National Churchill Library and Center today.

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