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Main Library Wins 2019 Recchie Design Award

Brent Warren Brent Warren Main Library Wins 2019 Recchie Design AwardThe Main Library downtown, all photos courtesy of Columbus Landmarks.
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The Main Library is the winner of the 30th James B. Recchie Design Award. Columbus Landmarks announced the winner last night at an event at the Ohio Theatre Galbreath Pavilion.

The renovation and expansion of the library, located at 96 S. Grant St. Downtown, was designed by Schooley Caldwell and GUND Partnership. MKSK served as the landscape architect.

“The Main Library demonstrates the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s commitment to creating spaces that inspire and serve the public in a constantly changing library environment,” said Nancy Recchie, Historic Preservation Consultant with Benjamin D. Rickey & Co. and sister of the Award’s namesake. “The building skillfully demonstrates how to know what to remove and what to keep; to create different scales of spaces; to combine historic and contemporary; and to link the Library to both the city and to the Topiary Park.”

This marks the fourth time that a Columbus Metropolitan Library building has won the award. The other winners were: the previous Main Library renovation and expansion (in 1991); the Driving Park Branch (in 2015); and the Northside Branch (in 2018). 

The other four finalists for the award, which honors area projects completed in the last three years, were: the Coleman Government Center, the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, the OSU Pomerene Hall Renovation and the View on Grant.

For more information on the award and the finalists, see www.columbuslandmarks.org.

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