Hotchkiss Library of Sharon

This historic restoration and expansion project is for one of Sharon’s most enduring cultural institutions and well-known architectural landmarks. The library lies within the Sharon Historical District which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Its initial construction was completed in 1893, and the building was designed by Bruce Price, a premier architect of that era. The building was a gift to the town from Maria Bissell Hotchkiss.

A 6,600-SF addition was built to complement the existing structure. It accommodates a critically lacking accessible entrance, provide an accessible bathroom, and an enlarged area for staff and storage. Structural solutions were employed to level floors and strengthen railings with the least disturbance. We also explored options to expand the area currently used to host public events and meetings while respecting the historic character of the space.

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Renovations restored interior finishes and focus on code mandated improvements. Previous technology and electrical upgrades were not always compatible with the historic interior so our design solutions will be mindful of the heritage of this meaningful community gathering place.

CLIENT

Hotchkiss Library of Sharon

LOCATION

Sharon, Connecticut

YEAR COMPLETED

2023

SIZE

6,600 SF

COST

$2,500,000

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 16 licensed architects, QA+M has grown to be the 4th largest architectural firm in the Greater Hartford area.

ADDRESS

195 Scott Swamp Rd, Farmington, CT 06032

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