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Crowell Public Library, City of San Marino

San Marino, California

Public Library

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"It's such a wonderful space; I think we are all still absorbing all the possibilities"

Carolyn Crain, City of San Marino City Librarian
  • Collaborative Solutions.The City of San Marino Public Library Foundation had run out of funding avenues for a new library. Working closely with the Public Library Foundation, the Library Board, the City, and the local community, we ultimately provided a design solution that met the project's strict budget constraints and schedule.


  • Clerestory lights illuminate the central reading room.
  • The development of the outdoor spaces allow for a public event venue.
  • Large windows allow for a connection to the outdoors while providing natural light for the children's reading area.
  • The double height community room allows for group interaction.

people involved in this project:

Daniel S. Benjamin

AIA, LEED AP BD+C
Architecture + Design Leader