Who woulda thunk this would have turned into a big story today? Alas, “Lobby-gate” over at the WaPo has occupied Posties all day, so much so that now Katharine Weymouth has even chimed in.
Full memo, obtained by FishbowlDC, after the jump…
As everyone noticed this morning as they entered the 15th Street building, we’re in the process of making changes to the outer lobby and elevator lobby. I am sorry that we did not communicate earlier about this. It has been in the works for some time and was kicked off by the big guy upstairs in Corporate. The goal is simple: update our look while preserving our history.
Briefly, here’s what’s happening: several weeks ago we removed the photo kiosks in the outer lobby to create more space. The guard desk will move to the far end of the outer lobby. To the right as you enter the building, we will install three large high-resolution monitors to display washingtonpost.com, Newsweek.com and Slate. The websites will be visible from the street.
In the elevator lobby, we will install a large monitor that will display washingtonpost.com’s daily Photo Gallery. The surrounding wall will be “papered” in significant historic front pages.
Joe Elbert is creating a video of the historic photos that were in the elevator lobby; that video, which will include many more photos, will play in the Multi-Purpose Room on a new monitor.
Finally, Eugene Meyer’s Seven Principles will be displayed prominently on a column in the outer lobby.
We expect this project to be completed over several weeks, and hope you will enjoy the results.