Careful stewardship of the stately Howell Carnegie Library, which opened in 1906, has restored and preserved the historic structure while renewing and expanding the library for efficient, technology-rich 21st century use.

Through a relationship with the library that began in 1991, Quinn Evans Architects has overseen a number of improvements that have preserved the original design while resolving functional challenges.


  • Conducted interior and exterior renewal of historic library
  • Provided mechanical upgrades in association with Osler/Milling Architects
  • 7,000 sf renovation
  • Designed initially by Elijah E. Meyers and built in 1903-1906
  • Listed on the National Register of Historic Places


  • AIA/ALA National Honor Award


Twenty years later the library came back to QEA as it was time to update the library interior to meet current technology, make interior changes to support today’s library services, replace the aged mechanical system and complete other energy efficiency upgrades. Our 2013 renewal study helped them determine priorities and secure funding. The renovations completed in 2015 include new mechanical system with automated controls, exterior envelope upgrades, and selected roofing replacement. A new interior plan addresses new shelving layouts, technology enhancements, and new finishes, circulation desk and furniture.