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Somerset, Ohio

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What was once a store front is now a thriving new Library branch

The new Somerset Branch Library replaces a branch that was located in a storefront around the corner. This urban in-fill project was confined by the limitations of a tight lot. A two-story structure was needed because of the size of the lot, the slope of the site, and the opportunity for parking behind the new building. The Library chose to have two entrances, one on each floor, addressing both their pedestrian and vehicular traffic. The rear entrance is also convenient for patrons attending events in the community meeting space on the lower level.

A single, centralized service point is located for efficient staff oversight within an open floor plan. Future expansion space has been incorporated on the lower level to become a Children’s Area as additional funds become available. This would allow for noise separation between floors with louder functions on the lower level and quieter library space on the upper level.

The use of brick, the rhythm of the windows, and the style of the parapets is contextual to the surrounding buildings that compose this historic downtown surrounded by a rural community. The downtown itself, has recently undergone a streetscape revitalization.


HBM │ Design Architect, Architect of Record, Interior Designer

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