Friday, February 25, 2005


The former children's room, facing toward the Pratt Room. You can see that we opened a wall and found a part of an old staircase that would have led to the reference room at one time.

Trenches have been cut in the concrete floor of the former children's room for new plumbing.

For the "who would have thought" file: Investigation of the skylight area in the reference room uncovered old steam heat pipes in the ceiling above the skylight.

The fireplace in the former reference room is being protected.

The original entrance to the library. The original staircase was removed when the 1956 addition was built.

Removing the old boiler.

It's now easier to imagine the original building as it was in 1884 when it was built.

Was the stack wing really painted that color??

February 25, 2005 Update

The exterior demolition is scheduled to be done by the end of the month. Several trucks per day remove debris from the site. Offices are being set up in the former children's room and Pratt Room for the contractor and clerk of the works.

Tuesday, February 15, 2005


Saving materials from the old building to use for the renovation.

Demolishing the 1956 addition

February 15, 2005 Update

Demolition of the 1956 addition and stack wing are almost complete. The work is going smoothly and the weather is cooperating!

Groundbreaking ceremony January 29, 2005

Monday, February 07, 2005

Welcome to the Building Dreams Blog!

Welcome to the first posting of the Watertown Free Public Library Weblog. We will be posting regular updates on the progress of the construction project plus pictures as well. We hope you find it informative!