After decades of alterations and additions to the Carnegie-funded main branch, the Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County is endeavoring to return much of the 1910 structure to its original splendor while incorporating modern technologies to meet the community’s needs. The highly detailed project requires careful research and preparation to ensure compliance with the many oversight bodies.
The original art glass skylight and French Caen stone pilasters, which had been painted over, will be cleaned and completely restored. In the main entry hall, a previously demolished ornate marble staircase and decorative iron railing will be reconstructed, returning the circulation between the library’s three floors.
Additionally, the original neo-classical porch, removed in the 1950s, will be reconstructed of stone to complete the restoration and to return the prominence of this beautiful community asset to Wick Avenue.