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Building Facts: Greenwood Branch

Project description: Replace existing branch

  • Replace the library, which opened in 1954 and featured more than 7, 000 square feet of space and an auditorium.
  • The new branch has an improved collection capacity of 66,700 books and materials, a meeting room, upgraded computers, large areas for children and teens, and parking.

Quick facts

  • Project type: Replace existing branch
  • Completion date: 2005
  • Budget for capital costs: $6.9 million
  • Total library program area: 15,000 square feet (formerly more than 7,000 square feet and an auditorium)
  • Computers: 38 (formerly 9)
  • Artists: Fernanda D'Agostino with design team collaboration by Valerie Otani.
  • Art budget: $59,212
  • Library Board steward: Gilbert W. Anderson
  • Architect: Buffalo Design
  • Contractor: W.G. Clark Construction Co.


  • January 2005: The new Greenwood Branch of The Seattle Public Library opened at noon Saturday, Jan. 29.
  • January 2004: Demolition completed of the former Greenwood Branch and an adjacent house.
  • December 2003: Construction began on the new branch.
  • Nov. 1, 2003: The former Greenwood Branch closed so construction could begin on a new branch on the same site.
  • November 2002: The Seattle Design Commission reviewed design development plans. Residents attended a meeting to see the branch design.
  • June 2002: The Seattle Public Library board of trustees directed the architects to pursue a one-story design.
  • May 2002: The Seattle Design Commission reviewed schematic design.
  • February 2002: Residents attended a meeting to see designs for the new branch.
  • December 2001: The Library bought a residential site from a willing seller east of the branch. Earlier in the month, residents attended an open house to review progress on the design.
  • August 2001: The Library Board decided to build the new branch on the current library site at 8016 Greenwood Ave. N., rather than pursue mixed-use development options on its previously chosen site at North 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue North.
  • July 2001: The Housing Resources Group and Greenwood Shopping Center Inc. presented co-location proposals to The Seattle Public Library board of trustees.
  • March 2001: The Library directed the Housing Resources Group to study whether it was feasible to build housing and the new Greenwood Branch on the site for the new branch. The Greenwood Library Liaison Committee finished its work and submitted a report to the Library Board.
  • January 2001: The Greenwood Library Liaison Committee was formed to provide additional community comment on the new branch.
  • December 2000: Architects and Library staff showed residents the first images of the new branch at a meeting of the Greenwood Community Council.
  • October 2000: Residents attended a "hopes and dreams" meeting to share their ideas on design, services and programs, collections and artwork.
  • September 2000: The Library Board selected Portland artist Fernanda D'Agostino to design artwork for the new branch.
  • June 2000: The Library Board voted to build the new branch on the site currently occupied by McDonald's at North 85th Street and Greenwood Avenue North.
  • April 2000: The Library Board selected Buffalo Design to be the architects for the new branch. Earlier in the month, residents met architect finalists at a reception.
  • March 2000: Residents discussed eight potential sites for the new branch at a second community meeting.
  • January 2000: Residents discussed five sites at the first community meeting to talk about where to build the new branch. The Library added to the list three more sites that residents proposed.
  • November 1998: Seattle voters approved the $196.4 million "Libraries for All" bond measure. The bond money, which could be used only for construction of libraries, funded a new Central Library and new and improved branches.

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8016 Greenwood Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98103



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