Widgets Magazine
  • Renovation of Belle Isle Library to expand on mid-century style

    This week, architects ADG presented plans for a $7 million renovation and expansion of the Belle Isle Library.

    The much-loved structure opened at NW Expressway and Villa in 1963, with a unique stone exterior and round floorplan.

    Although some small updates have been made to the interior to accommodate computers and modern equipment, the building stands as a relatively un-touched example of early 1960's architecture.

    Goals for ADG was to preserve and enhance the original design while expanding and modernizing.

    Three new additions will make the space more cohesive and provide areas for children, teens, adults, story rooms and meeting rooms.

    A large meeting space for the community will be added, which can accommodate up to 200 people and can be split into two separate meeting rooms, with integrated audiovisual equipment.

    New glass exterior walls at the north and south additions allow views into the library to showcase existing exterior stone walls

    Construction is scheduled to begin summer of 2020 and be completed by fall of 2021.

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