Housing the largest collection of Afro-American materials in the Midwest, the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library is one of two major regional libraries in the Chicago Public Library system. Renovation will restore this vital archival facility in Chicago’s Washington Heights neighborhood.
Renovation of the library, including a complete façade replacement, will reflect the dynamism of the neighborhood while allowing the building to more outwardly engage with the community. Animated through the irregular syncopated window placement and color patterning, the design brings a terra cotta rain screen curtainwall boasting cost-effectiveness, long-term durability and compatibility with the existing building.
The design projects a fresh and welcoming image, featuring large areas of glass that bring quality reading light to the interior. At the Halsted Street entrance, glass will depict a large graphic of the building’s namesake, Carter Woodson, while at Halsted and 95th glass will feature Vivian Harsh, whose research collection is featured within the library walls. New ceilings and lighting will also create vibrant spaces inviting the community to read and gather.