Beacon Hill Branch Architecture
The new Beacon Hill Branch was the 11th project completed under the "Libraries for All" building program.
About the building
The building was designed by Carlson Architects and built by Steele Corp. The architects designed the sweeping roof forms, which allow natural light to flood the building, to provide a visual landmark and establish a focal point for the community. Wood and stone are used throughout the building to provide a harmony of natural warmth and enduring craft. Plaster and interior finishes were donated by Mark Ricketts of Medici Architectural Finishes LLC.
The stone countertops, sills, site stones and the stone for the branch sign came from the Tenino Quarry, which supplied the stone for the original Carnegie library in downtown Seattle.
The canopied stone entry plaza offers protected seating, bicycle racks and large quarry stones for landscaping and seating. Green garden areas provide a visual buffer to the streets and parking areas.