Project

Greek Revival Library, Renewed

Community engagement creates a new landmark library for all

Holyoke Public Library

City of Holyoke
Holyoke, Massachusetts

Holyoke’s beautiful and historic Greek Revival library had served many generations, but lacked sufficient scale, functionality and accessibility for the community. To extend the life of this valued member of the community, FA engaged in an extensive community process - resulting in  a design for a striking, transparent addition joined to a revitalized historic center by an open stair symbolizing the library’s welcoming and accessible transformation.

Share via
Size
40,515 SF
Scope
Renovation, Addition
Program
Stacks, Reading Areas, Media Space, Community Rooms
Sustainability
LEED Silver
Awards
2013 Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation, Excellence in Community Development Award
2015 Preservation Massachusetts, Paul E. Tsongas Award
In the news
No items found.
No items found.
“We have fused together our history and our future in one building.”‍
Aaron M. Vega, State Representative from Holyoke

No items found.

Vertical circulation is always a challenge when working with historic buildings. FA created a new circulation core that carries people efficiently through the entire building, connecting three existing levels with three new interspersed levels.

No items found.
"I've no doubt that this library is a library for the next 100 years."
Alex B. Morse, Mayor of Holyoke