AKA: Renton Public Library, Main Library, Renton, WA

Structure Type: built works - social and civic buildings - libraries

Designers: Johnston - Campanella and Company, Architects (firm); Felix M. Campanella (architect); David Arthur Johnston (architect)

Dates: constructed 1965-1966

1 story, total floor area: 20,000 sq. ft.

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100 Mill Avenue South
Renton, WA 98057-2126

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Phone: 425.430.6610

Building History

The architects, Johnston-Campanella and Company, decided that the library should span an 80-foot wide river, so that land could be conserved for a parking lot. A $150,000 bond issue passed on 11/03/1964 paid some of the costs of the Renton Library, that opened on 04/17/1966. The total price of the unusual bridge design was $327,560.

Building Notes

Elizabeth Kendall Thompson, writing in the "Western Reports" section of Architectural Record, described the library: "The bridge is the library in Renton, Washington. This new structure, the first in the city's developing civic center, will eventually link a proposed exposition and multi-purpose [center] and the yet-to-be-built city hall. The building is set on 12 large columns which rest on riiver bottom. Its structure is precast concrete girders and tees, with long-span wood truss joists to support the roof. All library functions are on one floor, including a community meeting room."

Tel: Phone: 425.430.6610 (2006);


The exterior of the library has been significantly altered from the original.


In 2013, discussions were ongoing to demolish the Renton Public Library and replace it with a new facility.

PCAD id: 7330