Hyde Park Branch Library

Hyde Park Branch Library

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Hyde Park Branch Library - Boston, Massachusetts

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A branch of the Boston Public Library, the Hyde Park Library was built in 1899 in the Classical Revival style. Schwartz/Silver’s renovation and expansion doubled the size of the facility to over 28,000 square feet. To maintain the balance and symmetry of the historic structure, the original brick fabric was extended with flanking masonry ‘bookend’ additions that allow its two story portico to remain the dominant visual element of the expanded building. A glassy new wing houses the new reading room and collections.

 

Recognition

National Honor Award: American Institute of Architects
William D. Smith Memorial Award of the Massachusetts Architectural Access Board

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The Hyde Park Library is a triumph, balancing respect for the old with an appreciation of the new. It is a model for the kind of inventive additions that Boston, with both a rich history and a forward-looking culture, should demand. Few mediums are as appropriate for dramatizing the evolution of our city. Through their work over two decades, Schwartz/Silver Architects have been Boston’s master storytellers.
— David Eisen, The Boston Herald
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Collaborators

Structural Engineer: Charles Chaloff Consulting

Mechanical, Plumbing, and Electrical Engineer: TMP Consulting Engineers

Civil: Hancock Engineering Associates

Landscape Architect: Richard Burck Associates

Geotechnical Engineer: Geotechnical Consultants Inc.

Preservation: Preservation Technology Inc.

General Contractor: Boston Building & Bridge

Photographer: © Steve Rosenthal