The new Reynolds Township Library was built on the site of the former railroad depot, where the tracks have now been converted to a “Rails to Trails” pathway. A public visioning session helped define the design goals for the new library. The public desired to see a building that reflected the charm and character of past depot structures, as well as to accommodate the technology of tomorrow.
Inside, the space needed to be inviting, dramatic, and warm. The lobby’s wood ceiling guides you to the Great Room, which greets patrons with a natural stone fireplace. The soaring 17-foot high ceiling gives drama to the open space. Large bay windows to either side offer unencumbered views to the surrounding neighborhood, and invite natural sunlight to create a comfortable ambience for patrons. The exterior has bright red lapped siding over a face brick wainscot. The pitched roof with large overhangs emulates the old railroad stations, as do the large windowed seating bays on each side of the building. The new Reynolds Township Library is designed to be an expression of Howard City’s cultural history.
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