Mountain Top Library

A 1950’s Community Center in the Catskills was abandoned for decades before being rescued by a 100-year old local library that had outgrown its residential location.  The enormous “cathedral” clear span open space proved to be a glorious fit for the Mountain Top Library.  The existing wood ceiling and gigantic glulam beams cleaned up beautifully to create a spectacular volume.  Single story spaces containing offices, meeting rooms and restrooms were designed with balconies on top for additional reading areas, and to give a comfortable scale to the large space.  The Library has been intensively used by the locals, and has become a defacto new Community Center as well.

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