History

Serving Madrona since 1971

In 1971, local activist Sally Goldmark worked with the Library to open an informal reading center for children called the Book-tique. It operated for three months.

When Fire Station No. 12 closed in late 1971, Goldmark again worked with the Library to rent and remodel the building to serve as a library. The Station House Branch opened Feb. 8, 1973, and was renamed the Madrona-Sally Goldmark Branch in 1985 after Goldmark's death.

Architecture

A remodeled fire station

Exterior view of the Madrona-Sally Goldmark Branch
Exterior view of the Madrona-Sally Goldmark Branch

The renovated Madrona-Sally Goldmark Branch was the 26th project completed under the "Libraries for All" building program.

The renovation was designed by Heliotrope Architects and built by Cope Construction Co.

Art

Paintings and sculptures by multiple artists

Artwork by Mary Iverson at the Madrona-Sally Goldmark Branch
Artwork by Mary Iverson at the Madrona-Sally Goldmark Branch

We selected two pieces of art for the building: an oil painting by Seattle artist Mary Iverson and a ceramic sculpture by artist and longtime Madrona resident Monad Elohim.

Richard Beyer's sculpture, "The Peaceable Kingdom," which depicts a panther, pig, sheep and wolf, remains on the lawn outside the branch.

Named Spaces

Macon "Mimi" Howard

The reading area is named for Macon "Mimi" Howard, a former member of The Seattle Public Library board of trustees and a current member of the board of The Seattle Public Library Foundation.