A Landmark Addition

Douglass-Truth Branch Library

Seattle, WA

Connecting Historic and Contemporary Architecture

This renovation and expansion project successfully preserves character-defining features of the cherished historic library—from its brick and terra cotta façade to its grand reading rooms, classical detailing and oak bookcases—while creating a modern expression and experience aligned to its contemporary community.

Expanding Access, Improving Services

The project provides expanded space and better access to the library’s significant African-American Collection, one of the largest on the West Coast. It also accommodates a new children's area, more seating and computers, larger and more efficient staff work areas, and upgraded building systems.

Serving a Changing Community

Originally named the Henry L. Yesler Library, it was at the heart of Seattle's Jewish community when it opened in 1914. Renamed the Douglass-Truth Branch after Frederick Douglass and Sojourner Truth in 1975, the library continues to serve as a vital resource and cultural center for the evolving Central District community.

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