The Ensworth Middle School, The Hortense Bigelow Ingram Library

Nashville, Tennessee

A significant portion of the new two-story middle school campus is the Ingram Library, which is designed for use by both the lower and middle schools. Study rooms, a classroom, conference space, a reading room for the lower school, and an outdoor reading patio are included in the library’s program. Unique design features include a monumental stone fireplace and ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$151.00FEATURED IN2004 Educational InteriorsINTERIOR CATEGORYLibraries/Media Centers seats. A combination of carrels and tables, as well as soft seating, is available. A two-story space includes an open balcony and a wooden truss ceiling.

The library holds more than 20,000 volumes housed in three areas. Double stack spaces are provided along with technology. This new structure allows several classes to use spaces concurrently—something not possible before.

The architectural design follows the existing Tudor style of the campus that dates back to the site’s original house, called Red Gables. The building is designed with box and bay windows, diamond-shaped window lights and dormers, and EIFS with batten exterior trim.

The building materials, color, furniture, and use of light and space create an atmosphere that is conducive to learning.