PEARSON & PETERS ARCHITECTS PLC

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Shelby County Public Library

Shelbyville, KY

8,586 s.f. Renovation + 7,880 s.f. Addition - Completed 1997


The Shelby County Public Library is located in a 1903 Carnegie Library in the downtown historical district of Shelbyville. An analysis of the existing library was performed to determine functional relationships and square footage areas to be allocated. The design for the addition is respectful of the original building using brick with stone foundations to match. The rearrangement of interior functional spaces allows the grand domed space and curved apse area of the original Carnegie Library to be maintained and experienced by all the Library's patrons. The upper level of the addition houses the Adult collections while the lower level provides an expanded Children's collection with increased space for reading programs. The goal was to create an addition that would be respectful of the historical structure and its character, but provides for the transformation of the building into a modern library facility which will meet the community's needs for years to come.