St. Louis Public Library: Environment

Project Information

The St. Louis Public Library closed the great bronze doors to its downtown Central Library in 2010 for a two-year restoration and renewal of the historic 1912 Cass Gilbert designed building. Project architects at Cannon Design asked KLI to join the team shortly before the building closed to the public for the renovation. During this time, KLI developed the environmental graphics throughout the building. Wall coverings, paint, glass treatments and dimensional type enhance the Library’s existing architectural features indoors while graphics on the new exterior fountain at the transformed Locust Street entrance hint at the lovely surprises that await inside. The landmark building reopened in late 2012 and has received many accolades for the beauty and usability of the space.

RECOGNITION: AIA/ALA Library Building Awards 2013; Architizer A+ Award, Public Choice; The Washington Post; The St. Louis Egotist; St. Louis Post Dispatch; St. Louis MagazineSt. Louis Public Library; 2014 Institute Honor Award for Architecture, The American Institute of Architects; 2013 National Preservation Honor Award, National Trust for Historic Preservation; 2013 AIA St. Louis Design Awards Architecture Merit Award; 2013 AIA Central States Interior Architecture Merit Award; 2013 Winner, Public Sector, FX International Interior Design Awards; 2014 IIDA/ALA Library Interior Design Award, Best of Category Winner, Public Libraries; ENR, Best Renovation/Restoration Project in Midwest’s Best Projects Competition; Building Design & Construction, Reconstruction Awards; Buildings 2013 ABBY Award, Merit Award (Crystal); Landmarks St. Louis, Most Enhanced Award; CNR, St. Louis Construction News and Review, Regional Excellence Award