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Stillwater Public Library

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    • patrons enter the library through a dramatic rotunda
    • Overview

      “One of the oldest Carnegie libraries in Minnesota glows again.”
      Architecture Minnesota

      “The Board of Directors was extremely excited about the renovation. That’s one of the things I liked about working with MS&R—not only do they design witty, elegant structures, which are also functional buildings, but they take such pains to encourage those who use or will use the building to participate in the process, to contribute, to criticize, to get excited about the possibilities.”
      —Lynne Bertalmio, Director, Stillwater Public Library

      An elegant Carnegie library built in 1906, the Stillwater Public Library needed to increase its flexibility to accommodate a wider variety of services. MS&R’s renovation upholds the integrity of the existing building. The new layout embodies many of the Beaux Arts tenets held by the building’s original architects, including axial sight lines, circulation, and detailing.

    • exterior materials include stone, brick, cast plaster, and clay tile
    • the library is organized around the central entry rotunda
    • classic details include coved ceilings and reading areas centered around fireplaces
    • Specifications

      Location: Stillwater, Minnesota

      Type: Historic renovation

      Size: 13,128 square feet

    • Awards

      AIA/ALA Library Building Award.

      AIA Minnesota Honor Award.

    • Project Contact

      Jeffrey Scherer

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