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February 22, 2018


High Point Branch : Building Facts

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Building Facts: High Point Branch

Project description: Replace existing branch

  • Replace the branch, a tiny 1,200 square feet.
  • The new branch has an expanded collection capacity of 27,700 books and materials, more seating for patrons, program areas for children and teens, homework areas, computer work stations, a meeting room, and parking.

Quick facts

  • Project type: Replace existing branch
  • Completion date: 2004
  • Budget for capital costs: $2.7 million
  • Total library program area: 7,200 square feet (formerly 1,200 square feet)
  • Computers: 17 (formerly 5)
  • Artist: Steven Gardner
  • Art budget: $28,918
  • Library Board steward: Gilbert W. Anderson
  • Architect: Miller Hayashi Architects (formerly Selkirk Miller Hayashi Architects)
  • Contractor: Cope Construction Co.


  • June 2004: The new High Point Branch of The Seattle Public Library opened at noon Saturday, June 19.
  • May 2003: Construction began on the new branch.
  • April 5, 2003: The former High Point Branch, 6338 32nd Ave. S.W., closed for good.
  • September 2002: Residents attended a meeting to see the design of the new branch.
  • July 2002: The Seattle Design Commission approved design development plans for the new branch.
  • April 2002: The Seattle Design Commission approved schematic design plans for the new branch.
  • October 2001: The Seattle Public Library board of trustees decided to build the new branch on the southeast corner of 35th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Raymond Street. The decision replaced an agreement the Library made with the Seattle Housing Authority, which also owns the new site.
  • July 2001: The Library signed a letter of intent with the Seattle Housing Authority to buy land at the southeast corner of Southwest Lanham Way and 35th Avenue Southwest for the new branch.
  • September 2000: The Library explored other sites after difficult property negotiations stalled progress on the preferred site for the new branch.
  • August 2000: The Library Board selected Seattle artist Steven Gardner to design ceramic relief artwork for the new branch.
  • June 2000: Residents attended a presentation on the design of the new building.
  • May 2000: Residents attended a pre-design "hopes and dreams" meeting to share their ideas on design, services and programs, collections and artwork.
  • March 2000: The Library Board selected a parcel at the southeast corner of 35th Avenue Southwest and Southwest Graham Street for the new branch. Earlier in the month, residents attended a community meeting to talk about where to build the new branch.
  • October 1999: The Library Board selected Selkirk Miller Hayashi Architects to design the new branch.
  • 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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High Point Branch
3411 S.W. Raymond St.
Seattle, WA 98126



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