Kenton Library

This adaptive reuse of a 1950s warehouse for the Multnomah County Kenton Library branch created a dynamic resource for the neighborhood. An existing dropped ceiling was removed to expose the wood bow trusses to create a warm, welcoming atmosphere. Wood ceiling joists from the original building were salvaged and reused for wood paneling. “Bar height” seating along the new storefront encourages an active library, while sliding glass doors in the community room offer flexibility and increased library space. The library required and received approval from Portland’s Historic Design Review because of its location in the Kenton Commercial Historic District — an area listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Restoration of the building’s Art Deco signage mast helped to inform visitors of the building’s past.   

Project Contact

David Wark FAIA


Design Award, Portland Chapter IIDA, 2010