The consultant team of SWBR and Tappe Associates focused on preserving the exterior and significant interior spaces of the existing three-story, 13,400-square-foot library building and provided a three-story 11,700-square-foot addition.
In previous attempts to renovate the library, various steel and wood structural reinforcement was added to support the sagging floor and roof structures. The new structure provided a large, open space at the upper level. This level is used for the children’s room and related youth activities.
The exterior brick-and-stone base had structural and cosmetic repairs and original windows, which were retained and restored. The original entrance foyer, with its curved, wood-railed staircases, remained essentially untouched. The New York State Historic Preservation Office was contacted early in the process and invited to participate as an active player.
SWBR solved the client’s need to provide a modern, efficient library space while preserving the historic elements of the United States’ oldest public library.
Winner of the New York State Historic Preservation Project Achievement Award and the Association of General Contractors Build New York Award.
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