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Building Facts: Lake City Branch


Project description: Expand existing branch

  • Expand branch by 6,287 square feet.
  • The expanded branch includes an updated collection capacity of 66,700 books and materials, more seats, a meeting room and upgraded technology.
  • The expanded branch is part of a municipal center that also includes a neighborhood service center, the Albert Davis Park and a parking garage.

Quick facts

  • Project type: Expand existing branch
  • Completion date: 2005
  • Budget for capital costs: $3.9 million
  • Total library program area: 15,300 square feet (formerly 9,013 square feet)
  • Computers: 33 (formerly 15)
  • Artists: Linda Haworth, Jane Grafton
  • Art budget: $33,957
  • Library Board steward: Eric Liu
  • Architect: ARC Architects
  • Contractor: Bayley Construction


  • October 2005: The expanded Lake City Branch of The Seattle Public Library reopened on Oct. 22.
  • March 2004: Construction began on the branch expansion.
  • Feb. 15, 2004: The branch closed so construction could begin on its expansion project.
  • August 2003: Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board awarded the final Certificate of Approval for the branch expansion.
  • February 2003: Residents attended an open house to view the design of the branch expansion.
  • July 2002: Residents attended an open house to view early designs of the branch expansion.
  • August 2001: Tin and collage artist Jane Grafton, a Lake City-area resident for 14 years, was chosen to help create artwork for the expansion. Grafton was the first community artist chosen under the innovative Art Partners program, which pairs an experienced artist with a community artist who has limited experience with public art.
  • June 2001: The Landmarks Preservation Board voted to designate the Lake City Branch as a landmark building. The Library worked with the landmarks board to preserve the architectural character of the library.
  • March 2001: Residents attended a "hopes and dreams" meeting to share ideas on services, collections, programs and artwork for the expanded branch.
  • January 2001: The city of Seattle developed a master plan for the library, neighborhood service center, Albert Davis Park, community center and parking garage.
  • September 2000: The Seattle Public Library board of trustees selected Portland artist Linda Haworth to design artwork for the expansion. An advisory panel interviewed three artists and recommended Haworth for the job.
  • May 2000: The Library Board selected ARC Architects to design the branch expansion. An advisory panel that included Lake City residents evaluated proposals and interviewed architect finalists. Earlier in the month, residents met architect finalists at a reception.
  • November 1998: Seattle voters approved the $196.4 million "Libraries for All" bond measure. The bond money, which could be used only for construction of libraries, funded a new Central Library and new and improved branches.


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Lake City Branch
12501 28th Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA 98125



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Regional Manager:
Francesca Wainwright

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