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Seattle’s other libraries
February 4, 2008, 1:19 am
Filed under: Architecture, Seattle, The Modern List Seattle, Urban Architecture

Map Libraries

Don’t get us wrong, we love the Seattle Library and everything it’s done for reading, spiral Dewey decimal systems, and librarian action figures. It’s just that so much attention has been paid to it and its Dutch author in the last several years that some very handsome work has been overlooked in town. We’ve rounded up images of eight hot Seattle branch libraries scattered around the city. These libraries appeal to us because they each have a successful design concept, are good examples of regional modernism, and have been well executed. Each of these libraries creates a sense of place and has been designed by a local architect – not that we have anything against the Netherlandian architects. By the way Amsterdam, just let us know when you’ll be awarding that enormous civic project to a Seattle based firm – our schedules free up a bit this spring…

Montlake Branch, 2401 24th Ave. E., Weinstein A|U

Seattle Public Library, Montlake Branch

Seattle Public Library, Montlake Branch

Ballard Branch, 5614 22nd Ave. N.W., Bohlin Cywinski Jackson

Seattle Public Library, Ballard Branch

Seattle Public Library, Ballard Branch

Seattle Public Library, Ballard Branch

Seattle Public Library, Ballard Branch

Capitol Hill Branch, 425 Harvard Ave. E., Johnston Architects & Cutler Anderson Architects

Seattle Public Library, Capitol Hill Branch

Seattle Public Library, Capitol Hill Branch

Central District (Douglass-Truth Branch), 2300 E. Yesler Way, Schacht Aslani Architects

Seattle Public Library, CD Branch

Thanks to the hard-working folks at Architechnophilia who covered this one back in October

Seattle Public Library, CD Branch

Beacon Hill Branch, 2821 Beacon Ave. S., Carlson Architects P.S.

Seattle Public Library, Beacon Hill Branch

Seattle Public Library, Beacon Hill Branch

Broadview Branch, 12755 Greenwood Ave. N., Miller Hayashi Architects

Seattle Public Library, Broadview Branch

Greenwood Branch, 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., Buffalo Design

Seattle Public Library, Greenwood Branch

Northgate Branch, 10548 Fifth Ave. N.E., The Miller Hull Partnership

Seattle Public Library, Northgate Branch

Seattle Public Library, Northgate Branch

Seattle Public Library, Northgate Branch

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FYI- the Capitol Hill branch was a collaboration between Johnston and Cutler Anderson. That one is my favorite, though we go to Douglass-Truth more because it is closer. Thanks for compiling all the branches, this series of public community projects here in the city is great.

Comment by gdesign

gdesign – thanks for the correction. The Capitol Hill branch really has a nice quality with the trellis-skin. It’s nice to see a building change over time and throughout the seasons.

Comment by buildllc

Just catching up on blogs after a week away- that collection of libraries may be the best series of civic buildings created in Seattle in decades (particularly when you consider the bang on the limited buck for the bond measure that supported them). Way to go to my fellow citizens!

Comment by Kevin

[…] – North East Branch by Paul Thiry, 1954 (6801 35th Ave N.E.) We missed this one in our post on Seattle’s Other Public Libraries. Photo by BUILD […]

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