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Located in the historic town of Jacksonville, Oregon, the new facility walked a sensitive line between historic character and contemporary function. The sloping hillside setting is nestled between 1860s brick buildings and frame residences at the terminus of a former rail line.
In true pioneer spirit, the detailed interior woodwork compliments the historic character of the building¹s exterior. A spacious meeting room was enlarged by community contributions to accommodate 100 and can be independently operated with its own lobby or used for additional library space.
The meeting room clerestory and high ceiling reflect the vernacular of nearby historic structures. A light tower above the centrally located circulation desk is partly in response to the cities stated request for verticality in design. The $890,000 project by Skelton Straus and Seibert includes an outdoor brick court and a front waiting / reading well.
The 5,600sq.ft building received the city Historical and Architectural Commission award for contemporary architecture. The building and site provides for all accessibility issues and is adjacent to a transportation shelter for bicycles and bus connections. Interiors by Grape Street Design. Photos by SOL Visual Development.