The next major museum to open in the District, the Museum of the Bible, will boast 400,000 square feet of Bible-related content and some pretty tremendous views of the D.C. skyline.
We got a hard-hat tour earlier this week to check out the transformation of the building, which previously housed the Washington Design Center.
The museum’s founder, Hobby Lobby CEO David Green, bought the building at 400 Fourth St. SW in 2014 for $50 million. The total cost for the museum has increased from a projected $400 million to $500 million.
In addition to adding a striking curved-glass feature to the brick building’s exterior, the project required removing every other floor of the former Washington Design Center to achieve ceiling heights needed for exhibits, according to museum spokesman Jeremy Burton.
The eight-story building will remain eight stories because workers dug out a basement to create two lower levels and added two levels atop the existing structure.
Visitors will enter on Fourth…