Cleveland Public Library is transforming West Park Branch, which was created by the architecture firm Walker & Weeks in 1928, into a vibrant, fully renovated community library. West Park Branch will be a library of the future that respects the historical nature of the building and the neighborhood.
FACILITIES MASTER PLAN - FUTURE VISION
It is recommended that this branch be substantially renovated, including demolition of the 1970’s addition with a new addition of similar size built in its place. The historic building could be retained with the addition of an elevator to access the lower level. Reopening the original entry and removing dropped ceilings to reclaim the historic vaulted ceilings would create a dramatic entry sequence with a more public face. Site work would focus on improving connection to Lorain and the YMCA site as well as adding parking, potentially with a remote lot across Silsby.
The site is currently the modified English Tudor library building.
FACILITIES MASTER PLAN - CURRENT STATE
This branch is one of three branch buildings designed by renowned Cleveland architects Walker & Weeks. The historic building is unique and retains its historic character with most of the envelope, with the exception of the roof, in good condition. The location of much of the program area in the lower level with no elevator creates significant accessibility problems. The location on the site as well as changes made when an addition was built in 1978 limit the building’s visibility from the street as well as sightlines within. West Park is well used with the highest circulation numbers in the system and should remain a Community Hub.
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The proposed project will feature green space, including an outdoor reading area.
The Library is working with Ward 17 Councilman Charles Slife and West Park Kamm’s Neighborhood Development to secure shared parking arrangement.
This project will restore the original W. 157th Street entrance to improve the pedestrian experience.
Cleveland Public Library's West Park Branch project will be a historically sensitive restoration that follows sustainable practices in design and construction.
Cleveland Public Library is working with Greater Cleveland RTA to explore opportunities to enhance existing public transportation connections to and from the site.
The renovation of West Park Branch will feature improvements that make access to the building easier for all patrons.
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