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Hennepin County Library Franklin

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    • the interior incorporates vibrant color and work by local artists
    • Overview

      “The atmosphere in the Franklin Library is jubilant. . . . The brightly painted library is consistently bustling with kids and adults taking advantage of its more accessible offerings. . . . Franklin lives up to its name as a community library.”—City Pages

      Built with Carnegie library funds in 1914 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the Franklin Library is the oldest and longest continuously operating public library in the city. The renovation retains and preserves the architectural beauty and historic details of the building, including restoration of distinctive stone and masonry features. On the interior, previously covered skylights have been uncovered and restored.

    • during the design process, residents offered their input through community meetings
    • before the renovation, structural issues required the addition of temporary supports
    • relocating an elevator reestablishes the original stair location on axis with the entry
    • Specifications

      Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

      Type: Historic renovation/expansion

      Size: 12,149 square feet (renovation); 880 square feet (expansion)

    • Awards

      City Pages’  2010 Best of the Twin Cities: Best Library.

      City Pages’  2006 Best of the Twin Cities: Best Architectural Renovation of an Old Building.

    • Project Contact

      Jeffrey Scherer

      • Architect / Principal
      • jeffrey@msrdesign.com
      • 612 359 3223
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      Leanne Larson

      • Interior Designer / Senior Associate
      • leanne@msrdesign.com
      • 651 402 2054
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