Cambridge Public Library
The 1889 Cambridge Public Library building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the central branch of the City’s library system. Partnering with William Rawn Associates (WRA), we led an extensive community and regulatory review process that included nearly 100 public meetings. A new wing was designed by WRA. Our work included the rehabilitation of the historic building and interior design and furnishings for the entire complex.
With the demolition of a contemporary wing, the original façade of the historic building is restored with salvaged stone and new carvings and blocks of sandstone and granite. The historic entry is enclosed in glass to create an additional reading room. The existing stacks are transformed as a new Young Adults Library, with flexible furnishings that allow the space to be reconfigured for movies, poetry readings, and school dances. An Information Commons is created in the restored historic reading rooms with their WPA murals conserved.
City of Cambridge
Completed 2009, LEED Silver
Rehabilitation | 27,000 GSF New Construction | 77,000 GSF
American Institute of Architects Honor Award
Congress for New Urbanism Charter Award
USGBC MA Innovation in Green Design Award
Boston Society of Architects Sustainable Design Award
Harleston Parker Medal
Massachusetts Historical Commission Award
Cambridge Historical Commission Special Recognition
Boston Society of Architects Interior Architecture Award