Jamaica Plain Branch, BPL

Original building, 1909Utile, renovation and addition, 2017

Preservation Achievement Award, 2018

This was the first building built by the Boston Public Library specifically to serve as a branch library. Though relatively small, it consistently ranks among the top three BPL branch locations for circulation numbers.

A gut renovation of the historic building updated multiple meeting areas, created additional flexible space for children and teens, and improved accessibility. The 2,500 square foot addition is a modern complement, with a striking, angular glass entryway and bold signage. The new addition houses a community event space, smaller meeting areas, updated resources, and new technology. The energetic design creates a more visible, active public face on South Street, and positions the library as a hub of the community.

Sources: Friends of the JP Branch of the BPL; UtileImages: Utile