Glens Falls, New York

Crandall Public Library

Our renovation and expansion of the Crandall Public Library creates a civic and intellectual resource center for three upstate New York communities. The exterior of the original 1931 Library building is rehabilitated and attached with a glass connector to a new wing providing an entrance to the City’s main street.  Scaled for its location on a public park and related in height and material to the historic building, the new building is clad with a combination of glass, metal, and traditional brick, offering a contemporary and more transparent public expression.

Throughout the interior of the original building, historic finishes are reinstated, original wood windows restored, and new building systems integrated with historic fabric. In contrast to its defined historic spaces, the open floor plan of the new building offers flexibility and clear sightlines. New adult, teen, and children’s areas are oriented to large windows, connecting them to the park and surrounding streets. The lower level provides a large community room with a lobby gallery and the Folk Life Archive and Study Center.

Crandall Public Library
Completed 2009, LEED Certified
Project Size
Renovation | 13,500 GSF
New Construction | 53,000 GSF
Public Library, Community Auditorium, Folk Life Archive and Study Center
“You can see the natural interaction between the library, the park and downtown Glens Falls.”
— Christine McDonald, Library Director
Ann Beha Architects, now Annum Architects
Project Team
Steven Gerrard AIA, Pamela Hawkes FAIA, Robert Miklos FAIA, Anne-Sophie Divenyi, Robert Genova, Brandon Prinzing, Georgy John (ABA/Annum); JMZ Architects and Planners (Associate Architect); Schoder Rivers Associates (Structural); Quantum Engineering (MEP / FP); The LA Group (Landscape / Civil); Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting (Lighting); Acentech (Acoustics); Wil-Spec (Specifications); Design Network (Interior / FFE); Wojciechowski Design (Signage); Nolan Lushington (Library Consultant); The Pike Company, Inc. (Construction Management); Peter Vanderwarker (Photography)