West Seattle Branch Architecture
The renovated West Seattle Branch is the seventh project completed under the 1998 voter-approved Libraries for All building program.
The renovation was designed by Snyder Hartung Kane Strauss Architects and built by W.G. Clark Construction Co.
About the building
Two main-floor reading areas are on each side of the branch’s entry and lobby. The lack of a lower-level auditorium was an exception to typical Carnegie designs. Wings on either side of the building feature two huge sets of vertical windows that allow natural light and fresh air to pour into the building.
Tall ceilings contribute to a sense of spaciousness. Rich detailing and use of wood throughout the interior add to the warm, historic feel of the branch.