The Great Hall Exhibit: Transforming The Westport Library

Monday, Feb 26, 2018 - Wednesday, May 30, 2018

See a glimpse of the future renovated Westport Library via architectural renderings paired with photographs by Westport's Richard Frank of the construction process underway since last September.

Opening reception on Friday, March 16 from 6-7:30 pm.

On display through May

Ten years in the making, the major renovation of the Westport Library began last September. The current $19.5 million plan will not change the building's footprint and will continue into 2019, during which the Library will remain open. The newly installed exhibit in the Library's Great Hall showcases renderings of the planned renovation by architect Henry Myerberg's New York-based design firm, HMA2, paired with photographs of current construction on the Library's first floor by Westport photographer Richard Frank. 

Founded in 1986 by Myerberg, HMA2 is a recognized leader in the design of learning places. The firm's notable education and library projects include American University of Central Asia; American University of Paris; Amherst College; Baltimore Hebrew Library and School; Bryn Mawr College Rhys Carpenter Library; Davidson College Library; Hampshire College; LIBRARY Initiative, NYC Schools; and Washington, DC, Public Libraries.

Westporter Richard Frank is a professional photographer, whose photographs of people have been featured in national magazines, Fortune 500 annual reports, marketing brochures and books. Portfolios of his personal work have appeared in Print Magazine and Nikon World. In 2012, Richard and his wife, Leona, a painter, were collaborative Artists-in-Residence at Weir Farm National Park. Among other current projects, Frank is documenting the full renovation of the Westport Library.

Salient features of the Library's renovation will include a newly designed entrance that capitalizes on the Library's location in the heart of downtown and a redesigned Riverwalk Level that will house the bulk of the Library's adult book collection, offering quiet reading areas and unparalleled views of the Saugatuck River. The Main Level will be transformed into The Forum, an open, flexible space for multiple everyday activities that, for special events on the Forum Stage, can convert to accommodate an audience of up to 600 people. The Main Level will also feature an increased number of conference rooms and quiet areas, an enlarged Library Café, a larger dedicated MakerSpace, a HackerSpace workshop with prototyping equipment and co-working space, and a state-of-the-art recording studio. The expanded balcony will offer more conference rooms and provide open study/reading areas, which can become mezzanine seating for large events on the Forum Stage.

The Great Hall

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