Main Library Renovation

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Main Library Renovation Project

The Main Library, an Andrew Carnegie library, is located at 305 Wick Ave., Youngstown, OH. Main Library opened in 1910 and since then, the building has undergone two major renovations.  A renovation in 1954 changed the face of the building by removing the front stairs and period lamp posts from the face of the building on Wick Avenue. The second renovation, which included a large addition to the building and relocated the entrance to the side, off the parking lot, was dedicated in 1996.

in April of 2019, Bostwick Design Partnership of Cleveland was chosen as architect for the Main Library renovation project, along with local project partners RBF CoLab and Paul Hagman, collaborating architect restoration design, and CT Consultants, civil engineer. The team of team of the AMHigley Company of Cleveland and Dawn Incorporated of Warren will serve as Construction Manager at Risk.


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Main Library Renovation Set to Proceed with Design Review Committee Approval

Main Library Renovation View from Wick AvenueYOUNGSTOWN (May 5, 2020) –The Youngstown Zoning Department Design Review Committee today unanimously approved a request from the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County for site work, paving the way for the Main Library renovation to begin.

Bostwick Design Partnership submitted to the Design Review Committee a presentation on the project, which is the result of a year’s work with the library team headed by Executive Director Aimee Fifarek.

Ms. Fifarek said, “With a building project like this the challenge is always about how to honor the past while making a statement about the future.” This Andrew Carnegie library opened in 1910. The building has undergone two major renovations in its 109 years. A renovation in 1954 removed the front stairs and period lampposts from the face of the building on Wick Avenue and these will be recreated with this project. The second renovation, dedicated in 1996, included a large addition to the building and relocated the entrance to the side of the original structure.

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The Project Design Team:

  • Bostwick Design Partnership of Cleveland, architects with Rick Ortmeyer, David Hogue and Emily Carr
  • RBF CoLab and Paul Hagman, collaborating architect restoration design
  • CT Consultants, civil engineer
  • Nancy Lonnett-Roman and Heather Fuller, landscape architects, Pashek + MTR
  • AMHigley Company of Cleveland and Dawn Incorporated of Warren, Construction Manager at Risk
  • And from the Library, along with Executive Director Aimee Fifarek are: Deputy Director Deborah McCullough, Main Library Director Diane Vicarel, Programming and Youth Services Director Erin Phemester, Technology Director Tom Casey, Building and Grounds Superintendent David Foster, Fiscal Officer Mark Mrofchak.

Main Library Renovation -Presentation to Youngstown Zoning Design Review Committee: PART ONE– pdf »

Main Library Renovation -Presentation to Youngstown Zoning Design Review Committee: PART TWO – pdf »

Main Library Renovation -Presentation to Youngstown Zoning Design Review Committee: PART THREE – pdf »


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Main Library Renovation View from Wick AvenueMN reno floor 2

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