City of Somerville


designLAB Architects


Somerville, MA

This project was the renovation and addition to the historic West Branch Library for the City of Somerville. The original branch is more than 100 years old, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, classified as a Carnegie Library. The Somerville Public Libraries were constructed with the assistance of funds from Andrew Carnegie. Completed in 1909, the West Branch was designed by Maclean and Wright. It is constructed of limestone and buff brick, the richly detailed cornice, entry gable with acroteria, corner quoins, and lamps flanking the entrance underscore the high social purpose of the library.

The renovation created multipurpose and flexible spaces, allowing the library to host a variety of library-sponsored programs and events and have meeting space for use by the public. It also maintained and expanded children's programs, created designated quiet reading and study areas, increased educational opportunities, improved accessibility at the entrance and created landscape that provides ample green and open space.

The renderings are from the City of Somerville presentations.