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Lake City Public Library

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    • new vaulted lobby space and translucent skylight bring daylight into the building
    • Overview

      MSR principal Jack Poling first met Patti Bross nearly 20 years ago, when the firm worked with her on the renovation of the Mount Olivet Lutheran Church Library. We have been fortunate enough to collaborate with her again on the renovation of Lake City Public Library, where Patti is the now the director.

      Originally built in 1967, the refreshed and expanded building offers abundant daylight, flexibility for future growth, public meeting rooms, a fireside reading area, and other new amenities. Interior finishes incorporate wood, lightly-colored walls, and natural tones for the flooring. The renovated facility also features a new teens’ area, children’s area, and friend’s bookstore. Along with daylight harvesting, an efficient new mechanical system and added insulation are designed to cut the building’s overall energy usage in half. The library can now better accommodate special events, such as live music performances, the “Color Me Thursdays” coloring program for teens and adults, and community movie nights.

    • multiple seating options in the main collection area
    • a fireplace separates a quiet reading area from the more active lobby space
    • the new children's area can accommodate innovative programming
    • a small alcove offers quiet and daylight for reading or study
    • wood and natural tones were used to update the 1967 building
    • Specifications

      Location: Lake City, MN

      Type: Renovation and small addition

      Size: 6,800 sq ft

    • Project Contact

      Jack Poling

      • Architect / Principal
      • jack@msrdesign.com
      • 612 384 7574
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