Project Type: New
Construction Cost: Est. $12M
Size: 17,000 SF
E.C. Scranton Memorial Library
The E. C. Scranton Memorial Library was incorporated in 1901, with the original building designed by architect Henry Bacon, who later designed the Lincoln Memorial. Situated on a prominent corner in the town’s center, the impressively detailed historic structure remains very close to its original state, with stone plinth and ornate plaster ceilings. Subsequently the building was added on to, and currently offers 17,000 square feet of public library space. DRA’s proposal is to add an additional 17,000 sf, doubling the size of the space.
DRA’s design will allow patrons to utilize both the main entrance on the Post Road, and a new accessible entrance with generous parking on the north side. The main circulation desk area will connect the two entrances, with a central open stair to serve the new additions upper and lower levels. The design reflects the community’s desire to build in a historically sympathetic style, while allowing generous natural light and views into the reading areas. The exterior design includes a combination of brick masonry and cementitious siding, both of which reflect the character and charm of the neighboring structures. The interior design will allow both staff and patrons to be flexible, with much of the technology planned to be mobile.
The proposed project includes a program room, adjacent to the new entrance with the ability to be utilized after hours, a teen center, and a new adult fiction and nonfiction areas. The children’s collection will assume the large addition previously built on the east side. In the historic building, the rooms will be restored to handsome reading rooms and for quiet study.