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New edition of North East Library in 2004: Remodeling of city's busiest branch starts soon
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
Davidow, Julie
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"Opened in June 1954, the North East branch was designed by Paul Thiry, a prominent Seattle architect regarded as the father of Northwest Modernism. The library's spare, open design and wooden ceiling beams distinguish it as a prime example of mid-20th century architecture, connecting the airy inside with the pine trees and scenery outside. Windows in the children's section offer a peek at the Cascade Mountains. But it's the city's busiest neighborhood library - with more than 600,000 books and other materials checked out last year and 286,000 visitors. "As they've added bookshelves, furniture, tables, chairs and computers, the place has become really cluttered," said Scott Wolf, an architect with the Seattle firm Miller/Hull partnership who designed the North East branch addition. The $4.7 million addition will complement Thiry's original design, which earned city landmark status in 2001, and open up space for more computer terminals and books."
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