Main Public Library, City of Rochester
Rochester, NY

The Main Public Library is located in the heart of downtown Rochester, adjacent to the new Bausch and Lomb World Headquarters. A contemporary extension to a 1930’s neo-classical library, it is organized around a civic-scaled interior “street” linking the city’s waterfront district with its midtown shopping district. The library’s ground floor opens to Broad St. with a series of tall arched windows, allowing views into the busy Periodical Reading Area (100,000 s.f.). LaBella Associates is the Associated Architect.

1998 AIA Rochester Excellence in Design Award
Photography: © David Lamb