Stillwater Public Library
Architect: Miller Dunwiddie Architecture, Minnapolis, MN
|To meet increased local demand, the Andrew Carnegie library needed both a renovation and an expansion. Key challenges of the project included alleviating the original library’s deficiencies in space, demand and street parking. The new building achieved all of these objectives while also complementing the original library’s classical 1902 design. Many features of the original historic building were carved out of limestone.
Because the cost of constructing new limestone would have been prohibitive, architectural precast concrete lent itself well to recreating aspects of the original building. The design team and the precaster partnered early in the project and worked for a year designing samples to match the original. The end result is a seamless integration of the new and the old.