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Kendall Young Library

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    • the restored interior features historically-appropriate furnishings
    • Overview

      “We certainly accomplished our mission of a functional seamless addition that maintains the historical integrity of the original structure. . . . Your willingness to readdress your ideas that didn’t seem quite right for Kendall Young Library made it clear we had selected the right person for the task.”
      —Cynthia Weiss, Former Director, Kendall Young Library

      Housing nationally recognized collections of Native American artifacts, sculpture, and regionally unparalleled genealogy materials, this expansion almost triples the size of a 1904 Beaux Arts style library. The design balances the respect for historical precedent with the demands required of a modern library facility. A new entrance rotunda offers clear patron self-service.

    • the original library entry now serves as a secondary entry point
    • oak gates at the new main entry open to the addition
    • view from the old library to the new addition
    • circa 1904
    • Specifications

      Location: Webster City, Iowa

      Type: Historic renovation/expansion

      Size: 9,000 square feet (renovation); 12,000 square feet (expansion)

    • Awards

      AIA Iowa Chapter’s “One of the 50 Most Significant Iowa Buildings of the 20th Century.”

    • Project Contact

      Jeffrey Scherer

      • Architect / Principal
      • jeffrey@msrdesign.com
      • 612 359 3223
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      Traci Engel Lesneski

      • Interior Designer / Principal
      • traci@msrdesign.com
      • 612 991 7764
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