Southworth Library

Dryden, NY

4,900 gross square feet

Historically Sensitive, Not for Profit

In 2009 the historic Southworth Library decided to auction an original handwritten manuscript of Abraham Lincoln's 1864 reelection address through Christie's of New York. The Lincoln Center addition was financed using a portion of the $3 million netted from the sale. 


The existing library is a beautiful Romanesque style building designed by William Henry Miller in 1894 and is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. The design approach to creating an addition to this jewel was to add "behind" it and to connect to it with a light and transparent link allowing the existing building to maintain its own integrity. The addition is respectful of the original building and harmonizes with it by employing a design that is reminiscent and reflects the mass, size, roof pitches and style of the existing. In accordance with the advice from the Secretary of Interior's standards, the proposed addition is compatible in scale, massing and materials and yet is clearly discernible as modern and distinct from the original structure.


For more information about this project contact Steve Hugo, AIA:

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