Fremont Branch 2005 Renovation

The branch, which opened in 1921, is a Mission Revival-style, Carnegie-funded branch designed by Daniel R. Huntington. It is listed on The National Register of Historic Places.

The Library coordinated the renovation with Seattle Parks and Recreation, which developed a park next door to the branch. Wheelchair users have easier access with our ramp that leads from A. B. Ernst Park to the branch's lower-level meeting room.

The renovated branch now has:

  • 800 square feet of program space
  • updated collection of books and materials
  • more seating
  • more computers
  • ventilation
  • more efficient interior layout

Quick facts

  • Project type: Renovate existing branch
  • Completion date: 2005
  • Budget for capital costs: $665,000
  • Total library program area: 6,840 square feet (formerly 6,040 square feet)
  • Computers: 13 (formerly 7)
  • Artist: Dennis Evans
  • Art budget: $15,305
  • Library Board steward: Gordon McHenry Jr.
  • Architect: Hoshide Williams Architects
  • Contractor: Biwell Construction Inc.


  • April 2005: The renovated Fremont Branch of The Seattle Public Library opened at noon Saturday, April 16.
  • July 2004: Construction began on the branch renovation.
  • May 2004: The branch closed May 22 for renovation.
  • April 2004: The Seattle Public Library board of trustees selected artist Dennis Evans of Seattle to create artwork for the Fremont, Green Lake, Queen Anne, University, and West Seattle branches.
  • December 2003: Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board awarded the final Certificate of Approval for the branch renovation.
  • October 2003: Residents attended a meeting to see the design of the renovation.
  • June 2003: Residents attended a meeting to see early designs of the renovation.
  • September 2002: The Library Board selected Hoshide Williams Architects to design the renovation. An advisory panel that included Fremont-area residents evaluated proposals and interviewed architect finalists. Earlier in the month, residents met architect finalists at a public reception.
  • March 2002: Twelve firms answered the Library's call for architects to renovate the historic branch.
  • December 2001: Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board voted to designate the Fremont Branch as a landmark building.