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Lakewood, Ohio

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The Madison Branch originally opened in 1929 and was designed by Walker & Weeks, the firm behind a number of major Cleveland area historic landmarks. Because the small landlocked building is tucked into the north west corner of Madison Park with no room to expand, this project focused on revitalizing this beloved branch library through a complete renovation. Site improvements included extending a new driveway allowing traffic to encircle the building and a convenient drive-up book return. A small rear addition includes a new accessible entry and fully ADA accessible restrooms on the main level.

Renovations include restoration of the original windows and exterior ornamental lighting fixtures, repair of decorative cornices, interior asbestos abatement, mechanical, plumbing, and electrical system replacement, and a new standing seam roof. Uncovered and restored clerestory windows flank fill the main area with natural light. The front vestibule has been restored. The traditional perimeter wood shelving was rebuilt after the removal of old hot water pipes, allowing them to house most of the library collection once again. Strategically locating the combined service desk in the central spine and opening once blocked off walls allows staff full oversight of the main level and both entries.

An increasing refugee population in this community has put more demand for ESL, educational, and children’s programs. To better accommodate programming and other patron’s needs, the basement level was completely renovated by converting under-utilized storage spaces into public space, including a separate children’s program room that can also serve as a homework center. The large meeting space has been updated with technology, power, and a kitchenette.


HBM │ Design Architect, Architect of Record, Interior Designer

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