Palo Alto Children's Library

  • Northern California

Designed in the 1940s by prolific architect Birge M. Clark, the Palo Alto Children’s Library has long been one of the City’s most treasured buildings. ARG first served as prime architect for a feasibility study and then carried out a range of projects through complete rehabilitation and expansion of the historic library. After completing a Historic Structure Report, ARG was retained as prime architect for the rehabilitation and expansion. Design alternatives were developed in public workshops involving Friends of the Library, City staff, community members, and other users of the Lucie Stern Community Center. The project incorporates sustainable features including “green” finishes and furniture, recycled roof tile, shade trellises at windows, a ground source heat pump system for heating and cooling, and energy-efficient lighting and controls.