David Holzheimer, principal of HBM, worked with the Salem Public Library to complete an addition on the south side of the building in 1984 during his time as principal of Koster & Holzheimer Architects.

The original 1903 Carnegie Library was fully renovated and reorganized in conjunction with the addition. The addition included a new entrance with access to parking at the rear while also maintaining access from E. State Street.

The addition was sympathetic with the original Carnegie structure and built upon the wood paneled reading room featuring a painting by noted Salem artist Charles Burchfield and beautifully crafted Eleanor Roosevelt Windsor chairs.

The 2 story addition provided a new entry with expanded public service and staff areas. In wrapping the Main Reading Room with the addition, clearly organized print and non-print collection areas were created. 

New windows and a large two story atrium, with tropical plants brings an abundance of natural light into the  interior of the building at both the Adult Service and Children’s Service Levels. 

HBM has continued their relationship with the Salem Public Library and are currently working on a phased interior updating project beginning with the children’s area. ​


HBM │ Design Architect, Architect of Record, Interior Designer