Solutions Architecture Celebrates Grand Re-Opening of Verona's Carnegie Library at Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

1 December 2018

Solutions Architecture alongside the Township of Verona, NJ celebrated the restoration, expansion and grand re-opening of the Verona Public Library, a historic Carnegie library. This Carnegie library initially opened its doors in 1923, but its roots go back to 1893. The Verona Public Library underwent $3.6 million in renovations, including a 4,500 square foot expansion, bringing it back to its original splendor while adapting it for the 21st century needs of its patrons. “There’s a nod to the past, but a move to the future,” said Frank Messineo, principal of Solutions Architecture.

The vision was to breathe new life into this century old structure that has proudly served the Community of Verona for generations. The challenge was to update and modernize the spaces to create a welcoming and engaging environment for patrons, all while maintaining the stately aesthetics of an Andrew Carnegie Library.

The project included the design, construction documents, and construction administration for the first renovations to be approved in the Township’s Carnegie Library in over 80 years. The project was completed in phases to take advantage of state-offered Community Development Block Grant Monies. The work included a 4,500 sq. ft. addition including new elevator, reading room, public restrooms, meeting rooms and admin spaces. Work also included 11,000 sq. ft. of gut renovations carried out with care to preserve the aesthetics and ideologies of a Carnegie Library.

Great pains were taken to maintain the heritage of the great hall, from the stately Circulation Desk, the restored fireplace mantle and brick fireplace surround, the coffered ceiling and the Chandeliers and Wall Sconces that are reminiscent of a time gone by. A large graphic adorns the wall in the Main Hall, replicated from the wood scrollwork on the Cornice above the front door. A quote pays homage to Andrew Carnegie himself along with the people of the community of Verona, “A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a never failing spring in the desert.” – Andrew Carnegie.

“Solutions Architecture is most proud of the work that we’ve completed here, in our own backyard, in what we consider our community. We are proud to be apart of the history of this great library and look forward to watching the community’s reaction to the improvements,” said Mr. Messineo, “If you build it, they will come…” truer words were never spoken.

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