Lakewood Public Library opens newly remodeled Madison branch: Photos
LAKEWOOD, Ohio – After 15 months of construction, a renovated branch of the Lakewood Public Library in Madison is ready to reopen to the public.
A celebration and ceremonial opening are scheduled from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, March 27 at the nearly century-old building located at 13229 Madison Ave.
New Madison branch manager Andrea Fisher is eager for customers to see the completed $2.1 million project, which added a modest 354-square-foot addition to the south end of the 8,780-foot building. squares.
“It was definitely long overdue,” said Fisher, who replaces recently retired Judy Grzybowski. “Other than a few very minor renovations over the years, nothing had been touched here in quite some time. Now when you enter through the main doors of Madison, we have an ADA compliant rear vestibule.
“We also have a palladium window that previously existed but was covered and was part of a mezzanine staff room on the second floor. When we look at the children’s room and the adult room, everything is refreshed and updated with new types of technology. There are outlets in offices and things like that. But it looks a lot like the Madison branch you know and love.
The other major overhaul took place in the basement where the area was updated with a new meeting room, youth program room and six-person study room.
“This project was not paid for by bond levy or property taxes,” Fisher said. “The renovations were financed by legacies, patronage annuities and endowments, reserves and donations. The community has been generous to the library.
This included the City of Lakewood, which provided an easement on the Madison Park lot, solving one of the biggest problems with the branch library — entry and exit.
Previously, the site had a narrow 10-foot driveway that created tight and often unnerving two-way traffic.
“It’s a totally accessible driveway now,” Fisher said. “We also have a drive-in book drop window.”
Additionally, there is a heated brick path through the parking lot that leads from the back door to Madison Park.
Originally opened in 1929, the Madison branch was designed by the architectural firm of Walker & Weeks, which helped design Severance Hall.
A four-year project in the works, Lakewood Public Library Buildings and Grounds Board Chairman Michael Artbauer called it a labor of love.
“The project was complicated by the COVID pandemic, which caused supply chain issues and the typical construction surprises that happen when you open up a nearly 100-year-old building,” said Artbauer, who has served as chairman of the board for the majority of the renovation.
“We are extremely pleased with the end results and the updates we were able to incorporate into this project. We are very happy and excited to return the Madison branch to Lakewood residents, and especially those who reside in the Birdtown area, but also the many others who use its spaces and resources.
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