A LEED Gold-rated branch library transformation for a Chicago Landmark building in the vibrant West Town neighborhood.

Project Details

IDEA was commissioned to design a new branch library in the former Goldblatt’s Department Store building, a designated Chicago Landmark. An adaptation of the Chicago Public Library’s prototype standards, the new 16,000 sf branch is located on the first floor, and the design incorporates existing historic features such as marble floor tiles, plaster column capitals and decorative ceiling panels from the original department store. Adult, juvenile and teen collections, compact shelving and ample public computer access are included, greatly improving community access to library programs. The completed project received LEED Gold certification for Commercial Interiors.