Duxbury Free Library
Duxbury, MA


Ken Best was hired for the adaptive reuse of a former school into a new home for the library.  The three story, 37,600 SF School building was renovated into a “new” library of 41,000 SF.

The most significant issue in the adaptation of the  former school into a library was the floor loading capacity.  The library functions on three levels with a large open stair connecting the main two floors.  Features of the library include hand painted murals, and large spacious rooms throughout.  The lower level houses a large meeting room that is able to function independent of the library, with an adjacent coffee shop.


Project Size: 41,000 SF
Construction Cost: $1.85 million

Principal in Charge:

Kenneth C. Best, AIA, ALA

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Massachusetts Studio
235 Bear Hill Road, Fourth Floor
Waltham, MA 02451
T. 617.964.1700
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Connecticut Studio
225 Oakland Road, Studio 205
South Windsor, CT 06074
T. 860.644.8300
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