City and State officials, along with residents and library staff, celebrated the reopening of the Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library at a community celebration on Saturday, July 28. The celebration marked the end of a yearlong closure for interior and exterior repairs and improvements. The $2.4 million investment, part of Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s capital budget, included significant repairs to the façade, waterproofing and plasterwork, historic window replacements, and interior painting. The project is a collaboration between the Boston Public Library and the City of Boston’s Public Facilities Department, with assistance from project architect Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype (BH+A) and construction firm WCI Corporation.
"Libraries are places that knit our communities together and reflect the qualities of their neighborhood; I’m proud that through this $2.4 million infrastructure investment in the Parker Hill Library, patrons can once again utilize its important resources and services for years to come,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
“We are thrilled to welcome back our Mission Hill residents and staff,” said David Leonard, President of the Boston Public Library. “These major repairs ensure the branch can again offer a wide range of events, services, programs, and books for people of all ages to enjoy this summer and beyond right here in their own neighborhood.”
“The Parker Hill Library project is a key investment for the Mission Hill community, and is reflective of Mayor Walsh’s continuing commitment to libraries throughout the City,” said Boston Public Facilities Director Tricia Lyons. “The newly refreshed spaces are sure to be enjoyed by members of the community well into the future.”
More details can be found about the programming schedule for the Parker Hill Branch, which includes a variety of summer reading activities, on the BPL’s Parker Hill Branch dedicated web page. Public service hours will be the same as prior to closure: Monday through Wednesday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Thursday, 12 -8 p.m., Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Located at 1497 Tremont Street in the Mission Hill neighborhood, the Jacobean-style branch building was designed in 1929 by famed architect Ralph Adams Cram, and opened in May 1931. The branch serves Mission Hill residents, students and workers, neighborhood schools, youth programs, and collaborates with community organizations. Branch programming includes author talks, story times, exhibitions, book discussions, exercise classes, and more.
Through the Imagine Boston planning initiative, Mayor Martin J. Walsh is investing $128 million in funding for library projects slated for FY19-FY23. Capital investments will be used to preserve existing buildings and to create new library spaces to improve services. More information on projects can be viewed via https://www.bpl.org/about-us/finances-budget/capitalprojects/.
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