Built in 1907, the Watertown Public Library shared many of the challenges of Carnegie-era libraries. The classical façade was pleasing but accessibility, flexibility, access to natural light and a right-sized children’s area were all lacking. Previous additions provided some improvements but library staff still struggled to provide modern services from an outdated library.
Studio GC devised a modernization plan and assisted the library with a successful referendum. The expanded and remodeled library opened in summer 2022 to overwhelming public acclaim. Our design team worked hard to create a library that retained the best parts of the historic structure while providing up-to-the-minute library services. The re-envisioned library now provides a range of experiences from the historic reading room to a colorful and engaging children’s library to an edgy teen space. Everybody in the community will find something that is the perfect fit for their library needs.