Hartford Public Library – Mark Twain Branch
The West Middle School, a complex of three historic buildings, includes the 1894 Annex, the 1909 Gymnasium and the 1930 Georgian-Colonial Revival Main Building. QA+M repurposed the main building’s auditorium space into the new home of Hartford Public Library’s Mark Twain branch. With its own entrance and extended hours, the library is open to the public as a community-wide learning center. Each library area was sensitively fitted out while restoring the classical paneling and details in place. The modernization added wireless technology and contemporary-use spaces, including: technology center, a public computer room, two program/meeting rooms, teen program space, HC accessible restrooms, main reading room, and stack space.

The comprehensive school renovation also includes a new four-story academic wing and new art and music classrooms. The interiors of the existing buildings were completely renovated with new mechanical systems, windows, finishes and furniture. The school was designed to achieve Connecticut High Performance Building Standards and accommodates 750 PreK-8th grade children.

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Hartford Public Library


Hartford, Connecticut




105,825 SF



QA+M Architecture is a full-service architectural firm that provides programming, planning and interior design for clients in commercial, community, education, healthcare, historical, housing, and recreational/athletic markets. Staffed by 34 dedicated professionals, including 14 licensed architects, QA+M has grown to be the 4th largest architectural firm in the Greater Hartford area.


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