TSKP LibraryHARTFORD: The city’s “long awaited” Park Street Public Library has a a new design presented by architects TSKP Studio of. Hartford. The two-story, 12,000 square foot building offers adult and children’s library functions, community spaces and a “protected” outdoor courtyard.

The main library and community room portion will be built using exposed wood timber construction, which according to TSKP will “result in a warm and inviting atmosphere for these public areas.”

According to a release from TSKP “while the original plan involved restoring the existing façade of the Lyric Theater, extensive investigations and consultation with state historic officials, determined restoration could not be achieved. “

The existing building will be demolished with a few elements salvaged or recreated, and large photo murals of the original façade will be mounted within the new reading room. Construction is expected to begin in 2018