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Project description: Renovate existing branch

  • Reconfigured 2,165 square feet in the basement into a meeting room and other program space. The renovation also included providing an updated collection, more computers, more electrical and computer connections, upgraded technology, more efficient circulation desk and work areas, new furniture, and better lighting.
  • The library, which opened in 1910, is a Carnegie-funded branch designed by W. Marbury Somervell and Joseph S. Coté. It is listed on The National Register of Historic Places.
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Quick facts

  • Project type: Renovate existing branch
  • Completion date: 2004
  • Budget for capital costs: $2.1 million
  • Total library program area: 9,460 square feet (formerly 7,295 square feet)
  • Computers: 16 (formerly 8)
  • Artist: Dennis Evans
  • Art budget: $16,719
  • Library Board steward: Linda Larson
  • Architect: Snyder Hartung Kane Strauss Architects
  • Contractor: W.G. Clark Construction Co.
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  • June 2005: Artwork by Seattle artist Dennis Evans was installed at the West Seattle Branch.
  • 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.
  • April 3, 2004: Residents enjoyed activities, music and snacks at the reopening celebration of the renovated West Seattle Branch of The Seattle Public Library.
  • May 2003: Construction began on the branch renovation.
  • Jan. 19, 2003: The branch closed for renovation.
  • December 2002: Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board issued the Certificate of Approval for renovation work planned for the branch.
  • September 2001: Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board voted to designate the branch as a landmark building.
  • June 2001: Architects and Library staff discussed the branch renovation at a public meeting of the Southwest District Council.
  • February 2001: Library staff directed Snyder Hartung Kane Strauss Architects to proceed with the next phases of design.
  • January 2001: Snyder Hartung Kane Strauss Architects completed feasibility study of renovation plans.
  • May 2000: The Library Board selected Snyder Hartung Kane Strauss Architects to design the renovation of the historically significant 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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2306 42nd Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA 98116



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