8/03/2006

Merriweather Library - w/o fence

I've been posting about Buffalo's newest library since 2/2005, way before the Erie County budget crisis morphed into a diatribe about Erie County libraries in the Fall of 2005. Three months after the Merriweather Library opened, this past April, the construction fence still surrounded the place. Well you can see that it was finally removed. That happened last week. Something about the sealer used on the stamped concrete sidewalk - I heard. Still no plantings or benches.
Merriweather Library - August, 2006
Here's a related post about the Merriweather Library Opening. And another post about design issues - with all sorts of links.

Still the question remains what is to be done with the old library. In May 2005 I posted a few interior pics of the old library. Remember Bruce Jackson called the North Jefferson Branch (above) decrepit in February 2003. Which was hardley the case. Any suggestions? Let me know...
The 'old' library....
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3 comments:

WestCoastPerspective said...

A little off-topic, but when will architects consult with arborists about street trees? Why are they plopping trees in a 3' cut of concrete (or less!)? No wonder the existing trees at center are struggling. Small openings = stunted growth. Unless the goal is 'lollipop' trees, these won't get higher than 15' if they live at all.

fix buffalo said...

wcp...

Doesn't the ornamental metal work aid the growth of the trees?

The building is growing on me...liking it more everyday (really).

WestCoastPerspective said...

The metal work can have the opposite effect if it is compacting the soil. Proper street tree planting design guidelines are all over the web- generally, the larger the hole the better and appropriate tree type of course.

The building isn't the worst thing built in recent years- I'm not a fan of cinder block, no matter if textured. It looks like a bunker. Brick would have been a better choice IMO and the 'plaza' could use some additional greening and/or seating areas. The emergency exit (?) doors facing the corner is a bit odd also.