The Library Commission for the City of Petoskey selected this scheme developed by Jonathan Lee Architects for its new public library. This scheme demonstrates adaptive re-use of an existing abandoned historic building that formerly served as a telephone switching center.
A new wing, hosting the administration and circulation programs, were added to the existing building providing a new formal entrance to the library. The project has increased the community’s library facilities by 27,000 sf. The rotunda and the lantern at center of the new wing emphasizes the importance of the public space. Located on the edge of the downtown business district, the building provides a bridge to the contiguous residential neighborhoods.