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Evanston Public Library

Evanston, IL
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Winner of an international design competition, the Evanston Public Library’s architecture was recognized for combining interior function, exterior expression, and a careful understanding of the difficulties of the urban site. The interior is organized around a generous lobby with an information desk, elevators, and an open stairway. All collection spaces allow for maximum flexibility to accommodate future changes in library function or technology. Large windows and open spaces provide sunlight and views throughout the building.

  • Client

    City of Evanston, Illinois

  • Cost

    $15.5 million

  • Size

    140,000 square feet

  • Honors

    AIA Philadelphia Honor Award for Design Excellence
    Preservation Evanston Award

Images © Hedrick Blessing

“Selected from 378 international entries, the design has been praised as a 'just-right solution.'”