The design of the Blackstone Public Library reflects the architectural heritage of its context in this historic mill town. In the children’s stacks, a local artist designed sculptural shelving ends with colorful animal, hot air balloon, and train motifs. Throughout the rest of the building, brick, wood, and steel create a raw look on the interior similar to that of an old mill. The glazing and high ceilings allow for increased daylighting and an uplifting feeling of spaciousness within the interior.
“I am pleased to recommend Johnson Roberts Associates to you as a dedicated and professional architectural firm. They were the architect for the Designer Services phase of our library project. Their design assisted Blackstone in obtaining a $1.9 million dollar library construction grant.
They provided a design that more than met the restrictions and challenges of the new site that is located on our Main Street within a historic district. Their thorough understanding of libraries and how a library functions within a community resulted in a design for Blackstone’s new library that is both very beautiful as well as very efficient.”
– Mary Lou Branchaud
Chairperson, Board of Library Trustees and Library Building Committee