Grand Award 3: Main Street Marvel

This commercial remodeling project in Arkansas wins a Grand Award for its engaging design within a conservative budget.

The new library is on Main Street in Gentry, Ark. The architect worked with a $1.3 million budget to renovate the 11,000 sq.ft. structure.

Interior columns are framed with shelves and lighted glass boxes.

The team preserved the existing mechanical hand-lift for horse carriages.

The judges praised the pop-out windows that line both sides of the building.

The team restored the tin ceiling.

Another view of the boxed columns.

A new steel parapet replaces the original brick parapet on the building’s front elevation.

The pop-out windows are on both sides of the library.

The community room is to the left of the main library.

New glass boxes cover the existing upper openings.

The front elevation has a new load-bearing steel plate and glass curtain wall.

The glass front of the library.

The team rebuilt the existing skylight as a vertical glass column.

The pop-out window as seen from the interior of the library.

The pop-out windows seen from the side of the building.

The interior of the community room.

The library as seen from Main Street.

Gentry citizens can view the entire open room of the main floor of the library.

The renovation plan included convering a 25-foot by 145-foot side yard into a small park that can be accessed from Main Street and from the community room.

Before: The existing hardware store.

Before: Original mechanical lift.

Before: main floor

Before: exterior of original hardware store.

Before: Interior prior to renovation showing existing columns.

Exploded axonometric showing existing brick shell and new architectural elements.

Floorplan of main level.

Longitudinal section.

A model of the renovation.

A 1908 photo of the hardware store under construction.

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