West Falmouth Library Turns a Page

By Marina Davalos | Above photo by Dan Cutrona; historic photos courtesy of West Falmouth Library

When it was time to renovate, add onto and restore West Falmouth Library, Yarmouth-based architectural firm Brown Lindquist Fenuccio & Raber came up with a plan. “We did an initial study to see what the library needed moving forward into the future,” says Rick Fenuccio, principal at the architecture firm. For example, while the original staircase was historic, it was also dangerous, says Fenuccio. “The project evolved from there.” The renovations included adding a climate-controlled archive room, a central office area and circulation desk, and a deck and terrace outside. “They have a beautiful garden outside, but they didn’t have a way of getting to it,” says Fenuccio. Work on the original 1896 building included restoring its original color scheme. “From sampling and analysis, we were able to see what the colors were,” says Fenuccio. “Everyone felt it was important to bring that back.” Library director Lois Hiller says the restoration work stayed true to all of the original colors, inside and out. Many generous donations made the renovations possible.

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