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Building Facts: Queen Anne Branch


Project description: Renovate existing branch

  • The interior renovation includes new seating, improved ventilation, upgraded technology services and equipment, more electrical, communication and computer connections, more efficient circulation desk and work areas, better acoustics in the meeting room and an updated book collection.
  • The Carnegie-funded branch, which was designed by W. Marbury Somervell and Harlan Thomas, opened in 1914. It is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Quick facts

  • Project type: Renovate existing branch
  • Completion date: 2007
  • Budget for capital costs: $909,000 (includes Opportunity Fund allocations)
  • Total library program area: 7,931 square feet
  • Computers: 20 (formerly 8)
  • Artist: Dennis Evans
  • Art budget: $14,950
  • Library Board steward: Gilbert W. Anderson
  • Architect: Hoshide Williams Architects
  • Contractor: Biwell Construction Inc.


  • August 2007: The renovated Queen Anne Branch of The Seattle Public Library reopened at noon Saturday, Aug. 25.
  • January 2007: Construction began on the renovation of the branch.
  • December 2006: The branch closed Dec. 16 for renovation.
  • April 2006: Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board issued the Certificate of Approval for the interior renovation of the branch.
  • January 2006: Residents attended an open house to see the design of the interior renovation.
  • March 2005: The Seattle Public Library board of trustees selected Hoshide Williams Architects to design the branch renovation. An advisory panel that included Queen Anne residents evaluated proposals and interviewed architect finalists.
  • February 2005: Patrons met architect finalists at a public reception.
  • June 2004: Eleven architects answered the Library's call for architects to design the interior renovations to the branch.
  • April 2004: The Library Board selected artist Dennis Evans of Seattle to create artwork for the Fremont, Green Lake, Queen Anne, University, and West Seattle branches.
  • December 2001: Seattle's landmarks board voted to designate the branch as a landmark building.
  • September 2000: The Library Board voted to set aside $101,523 to reconfigure interior space in the branch.
  • August 2000: The Library's Citizen Implementation Review Panel recommended that the Library Board reserve $100,000 of the $6 million Opportunity Fund to reconfigure interior space in the branch.
  • April 2000: The Friends of the Queen Anne Branch proposed using a portion of the Opportunity Fund to reconfigure interior space in the branch.
  • November 1998: Seattle voters approved the $196.4 million "Libraries for All" bond measure to rebuild The Seattle Public Library system. The measure included a $6 million Opportunity Fund to be used for new or unanticipated neighborhood library capital needs for underserved areas of Seattle. 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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Queen Anne Branch
400 W. Garfield St.
Seattle, WA 98119



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