DOBBS FERRY LIBRARY
Site concept diagram
Library at dusk
Having outgrown the original 5,200 sf library located in a two-story wood frame house in the center of this Hudson River town, an intensive study of alternative library sites was conducted. A small parking lot at the southern end of Main Street with spectacular river views was selected as the site for a new 16,000 sf library.
Dobbs Ferry Public Library
Dobbs Ferry, NY
Honors and Awards
2003 AIA Westchester/Hudson Valley Recognition of Excellence
The library consists of two rectangular buildings (“wings”) with gable roofs joined together by a flat-roofed entry pavilion. The two wings and the curving edge of Main Street define an exterior courtyard at the library’s entrance. The larger rectangle houses community space and the adult library on two floors; the smaller rectangle contains the children’s library. The connecting pavilion serves as both the entry and the periodical room, and opens to a terrace overlooking the Hudson.
The library is constructed of materials which are architecturally consistent with the other important civic buildings of the village; its clocktower relates visually to the towers on eight of these civic buildings. Through its unique setting and organization, the library relates to the scale and fabric of the village, and the wider landscape of the Hudson River Valley.