Historic Library to Re-open Reading Room
Westbrook’s Historic Walker Memorial Library’s Grand Reading Room reopened after being closed to the public for many years.
For years the staff work area in the lower level suffered from damp and moldy conditions. Staff moved upstairs into cramped quarters in the grand reading room, which made the reading room no longer available to the public. The moisture problems were successfully remediated, the lower level is set to be rehabilitated, and the Library will re-open the grand reading room to the public. To help achieve the goal, the City and the Board selected Lachman Architects & Planners to make their vision a reality.
The Library began in 1802 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. The maintenance and continued use of historic properties provides great challenges and meeting those challenges demands the smart balancing of differing, and occasionally contradictory, considerations. Construction is underway so that Westbrook’s Historic Walker Memorial Library’s Grand Reading Room will reopen after being closed to the public for many years.