In Sevier County, we designed a new central library that would not only house expanded services — including a genealogy research area — but would also serve as a local landmark.
The exterior design reflects a modern interpretation of classic regional architecture. The first floor of the building invites the visitor into a two-story lobby filled with cherry paneled walls. The first floor also provides a cafe and meeting spaces available to the community after hours. The second floor stacks are separated into a teen center, a children’s center and the main collections. Off of the main collections is a two-story reading room which repeats the motif of the cherry paneled walls, along with heavy-timber trusses and a stone fireplace. The third floor houses the genealogy area with a rare materials vault, a reading room, and stacks for historical information related to the area’s deep rooted past.
Completion Date: 2010
Type: New Construction
Location: Sevierville, Tennessee
Building Area: 40,100 SF
Services: Architecture, Interior Design
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