Green Lake Branch 2004 renovation

The 8,090-square-foot branch, which opened in 1910, is a Carnegie-funded branch designed by W. Marbury Somervell and Joseph S. Coté. It is listed on The National Register of Historic Places.

The renovated branch now has:

  • updated collection of books and materials
  • more computers
  • increased computer connections
  • upgraded technology
  • more efficient circulation desk and staff areas
  • better sound insulation
  • improved interior light control for computer use

Quick facts

  • Project type: Renovate existing branch
  • Completion date: 2004
  • Budget for capital costs: $1 million
  • Total library program area: 8,090 square feet
  • Computers: 17 (formerly 15)
  • Artist: Dennis Evans
  • Art budget: $15,721
  • Library Board steward: Linda Larson
  • Architect: Snyder Hartung Kane Strauss Architects
  • Contractor: W.G. Clark Construction Co.


  • April 2004: The Seattle Public Library board of trustees selected artist Dennis Evans of Seattle to create artwork for the Fremont, Green Lake, Queen Anne, University, and West Seattle branches.
  • March 6, 2004: Residents enjoyed activities, music and snacks at the reopening celebration of the renovated Green Lake Branch of The Seattle Public Library.
  • May 2003: Construction began on the branch renovation.
  • December 2002: Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board issued the Certificate of Approval for renovation work planned for the branch. The branch closed on Dec. 16 for renovation.
  • September 2001: Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board voted to designate the branch as a landmark building.
  • May 2001: Architects and Library representatives discussed the branch renovation at a public meeting of the Green Lake Community Council.
  • February 2001: Library staff directed Snyder Hartung Kane Strauss Architects to proceed with the next phases of design.
  • January 2001: Snyder Hartung Kane Strauss Architects completed a feasibility study of renovation plans.
  • May 2000: The Library Board selected Snyder Hartung Kane Strauss Architects to design the renovation of the historically significant branch.