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Glen Ridge Public Library
Glen Ridge, New Jersey
The historic district in the gas lamp borough of Glen Ridge, NJ has a rich history and architectural language. The library, which is within the borough’s municipal complex, is one of these architectural gems. We created spaces that were historically accurate, yet suitable for today’s modern library functions. With a tradesman’s approach and experience, the original 1918 structure’s charm and character has been revitalized by the renovations and design decisions. The library’s rediscovered character brings back to life what had been lost over the institution’s long history. A 1980s addition to the library was modified to match the original building’s spirit.

Custom period woodworking was designed for the main shelving and the new Circulation Desk, while furniture and lighting were carefully selected to compliment the aesthetic qualities of the dramatically vaulted Main Reading Room.

Throughout the library, spaces were reorganized for more effective use by today’s library patrons. On the ground floor, the Children’s Room was renovated and additional windows were installed to create a more dynamic and inviting space. Adjacent rooms were combined to create more useful and flexible spaces for the department.

We designed the renovation of the Glen Ridge Public Library to reflect the extensive local history that the building embraces. Our attention to detail and experience in the renovation process has led to our success in the library community.