Project Description

The original Milton Library was located in downtown Milton well below the 100-year flood plain. Working with the Library Board we analyzed several sites and selected a seven-acre site that was well above the floodplain. The site had a large colonial revival mansion and a carriage house built in the early 20th century on the foundation of an earlier Victorian manse. We designed the new library to utilize the large first floor rooms for various age groups while the second floor bedrooms were devoted to meeting rooms and various community groups. We added a wing to house the adult stacks, reading room and an outdoor reading patio on the main floor. The reference materials, entrance and staff space was located on the lowest level of that wing. The entire community has embraced the New Milton Library as witnessed by a significant increase in attendance and the many public events now held on the grounds. The HVAC system is based on geothermal wells and energy recovery throughout the facility. Architect: Thomas R. Harley Architects, LLC