The addition nearly doubles the size of the Library adding approximately 3,000 square feet for adult and young adult reading rooms, a children’s room, circulation desk and workroom, and a public meeting room. The addition solves the need for handicapped accessibility with new on-grade entrances, an elevator, and a relocated circulation desk with an added ADA compliant section. The public meeting room is on the lower level allowing separate, secure, after-hour use.
This 1902 granite building is situated in the National Register Historic District in the town center of Alfred. The challenge was to sensitively design an addition to a symmetrical, intact monument, visible from all sides, on an asymmetrically shaped site.