A 100-year-old building funded by Andrew Carnegie, this library had been vacant for 30 years when the Kingston City School District acquired it from the city. The building faced several challenges, including water penetration that threatened to harm the structure. In addition, the building was not ADA-compliant.
The architect worked to sustainably rehabilitate COST PER SQ FT$373.00FEATURED IN2013 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYRenovation modernize this building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Today, the restored building houses multidisciplinary arts programs for Kingston High School. Amenities include a performing arts studio, gallery space, film editing/computer lab and visual-arts studio. The original raised stage at the lower level was restored and repurposed for theatrical events. A new addition housing an elevator and toilet rooms was built to provide ADA compliance. Brick re-pointing, roof/chimney repairs and new storm windows were part of the renovations, addressing the water concerns.
The sprung wood sports floors in the main floor spaces are another modern feature that complement the historic architectural language of the building.