The Library is a building close to the heart of the community. This rehabilitation project was designed in 1938 by Maurice Fatio, a noted Palm Beach architect. The building, designated as part of a larger complex, meets the criteria for designation as a local landmark.
The original Fatio building was a two-story Italianate building distinguished by a tripartite entry loggia and balcony within a symmetrical central block. The building was characterized by a stone base, stucco walls, a cast stone belt course, casement windows, French doors and a low-pitched barrel tile roof. The challenge was to increase the size of the building while respecting the original construction.
The library prior to rehabilitation presented as familiar, worn, and in desperate need of work. The site was exceptionally tight. The footprint of the addition could not be increased. The original Fatio building had been added to twice, in 1956 and 1979. These additions increased the stack areas of the library and allowed for mechanical spaces, but they were not a full two-story height. The mezzanine level wasted space that could be better utilized. The solution was to add a new two-story addition, but to articulate the massing to distinguish the new from the old. We then expressed the new stair tower as an anchor so that the overall composition was one of unity.
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