Local library recognized for architectural innovation

The Washington Council of American Institute of Architects recently honored three branches of the Seattle Public Library and their architects with the 2007 Civic Design Awards.

The Douglass-Truth Branch-originally constructed in 1914-and Schacht Aslani Architects received the Honor Award for design excellence, creative risk-taking and problem-solving. Jurors said the modern addition of the Douglass-Truth Branch respects and challenges society's conception of classicism while integrating the site and landscape in both a sensitive and provocative way.

In 1998, voters approved Libraries for All, a $196.4-million bond measure that has been used for the construction and improvement of libraries across King County. It is with the measure's funds that the Douglass-Truth Branch was more than doubled in space during renovation.

The Seattle Public Library Foundation continues to raise funds from private sources to keep pace with the demands of patrons for modern, comprehensive library facilities and services.

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