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Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library addition plans unveiled

$1.7 million, two-story addition built mostly over its existing courtyard will add 9,200 square feet

June 20, 2013|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library will get a second floor, as illustrated in this rendering, through a capital project starting late this summer.
By Jennifer Fitch, Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Alexander Hamilton Memorial Free Library will nearly double its space in a capital project expected to start at the end of August.

The library showed off architectural plans and renderings during a Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce mixer Thursday evening.

“It’s really going to look nice visually coming in on Main Street,” said Jackie Mowen, executive director of the Chamber.

The library is planning for a $1.7 million, two-story addition built mostly over its existing courtyard. An elevator will be used to improve accessibility for patrons.

“It’ll be totally handicapped accessible,” said Pat Groff, library board president.

The project will add 9,200 square feet to the existing 9,800 square feet.

A bequest of nearly $1 million from the estate of Donald E. Nary has been earmarked for the project.

Another $500,000 will be the subject of a fundraising campaign, and the library will turn to its investments for the balance of the project.

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“I’m very excited about having all this additional space,” Groff said.

Bushey Feight Morin Architects of Hagerstown is designing the library project, while GRC General Contractors of Zullinger, Pa., will handle construction. The architects designed the new Washington County Free Library.

Architect Don Smith said the two libraries are very different, but each has a focus on open space and natural light. He said he is looking forward to the Waynesboro library having more room.

Currently, the layout is “like a maze,” he said.

Groff said the expanded library will have a second-floor meeting room, rearranged Civil War and Pennsylvania rooms, a room for the Friends of the Library organization, a new and larger children’s area, and a new area set aside for teenagers.

“We are slowly getting more teens in the library, and we want them to feel welcome,” Groff said.

The existing children’s area will be renovated to appear more like it did in the 1800s. It will have French doors.

The library on East Main Street is in a 15-room Colonial house that was donated by the granddaughter of Alexander Hamilton, who was a Waynesboro businessman. The library was operating out of borough hall until it moved in 1955.

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