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Bay View Branch Library

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1993, Joy Peot-Shields; Engberg Anderson, lighting. 2566 S. Kinnickinnic Ave.

In replacing the nearby Llewllyn Branch Library built in 1914, Milwaukee architect Peot-Shields created a dramatic, light-filled space under a curved roof. The facade’s tricolor brick courses evoke a hint of the former neoclassical library, but Peot-Shields’s modern design offers a more welcoming appearance. Bands of clerestory windows stretching beneath the roof catch morning and afternoon light; a larger canted arched window along the south also fills the library with natural light. Engberg Anderson’s indirect lighting design employs low-energy fixtures to provide seamless light between the blonde-wood stacks. Above the stacks, a combination of steel and wood trusses creates a high, vaulted ceiling. Artist Peter Flannery designed a linoleum floor depicting Bay View’s settlement in 1846, its industrial heritage of 1900, and the contemporary community.

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Marsha Weisiger et al.
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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Bay View Branch Library", [Milwaukee, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WI-01-MI72.

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 104-105.

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