Cultural, Education

Kanawha County Public Library


Historic Preservation
Interior Renovations




Charleston, WV


80,000 gsf

The project direction for the re-imagination of the KCPL was focused equally on programmatic relevance and architectural transformation. Rethinking library services most valuable to an historic downtown, its residents, businesses, and visitors, the project required a significant increase in space – providing more opportunities for people to meet and engage. A new addition, architecturally marking its place in time through crisp, modern design and detailing, physically embraces the iconic, century-old classical structure.



A new pedestrian bridge spanning Quarrier Street provides secure, covered connection to a public parking garage, and the improvements include large and small meeting and study rooms, a café, maker space, and outdoor public gardens and plazas for both programmed and spontaneous use.

Through the reimagined project, the Kanawha County Public Library will revive a landmark in downtown Charleston and bring a vibrant, animated space to serve as the community’s living/learning room.


* In Association with HBM Architects