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Main Library Design

    Date Posted: Thu, Jun 22 - 2:19 pm

    Question

  • Why has the city chosen this discordant design which makes no effort to reflect the historic neighborhood ?
  • Answer

  • The Main Library design you see reflected on our website is concept only. The rendering reflects the requests and suggestions of patrons, members of the public, and staff. Before any design is finalized or approved, Richmond Public Library will go through yet another round of meetings, surveys, and outreach. In the interim, if you are interested in a tour of our 1930 and 1972 buildings, it would be my pleasure to walk through with you and answer any questions you may have - and note any ideas or suggestions you wish to share. Again, thank you for your time in submitting the question.

The Crozet House

    Date Posted: Fri, Apr 01 - 6:18 pm

    Question

  • Doesn’t that top rendering of the “western end” show the addition of property at First and Main that is not owned by RPL, and currently has a historic structure (circa-1815 Crozet House)?
  • Answer

  • The historic Crozet House at First and Main is not on Library property, not owned by the Library, and therefore it is not part of this rendering and will not be impacted by the renovation at Main.

The older Dooley building

    Date Posted: Fri, Apr 01 - 5:16 pm

    Question

  • What is the plan for the historic section of the library that was built by Mrs. Dooley? Will it be maintained as it was with the original expansion?
  • Answer

  • The 1972 expansion responded to the need of Richmonders at the time, adding 90,000 sq ft. for books. Elements of the older Dooley building will be saved. Any attempted renovation to the older building would require extensive renovation and engineering to bring the building into code compliance. This option was reviewed extensively, and unfortunately preservation and structurally reinventing the space to modern library needs would add significant, prohibitive cost.