Whereas the house owners of the old Nichols Library in Naperville ponder its future, two architects chimed in with drawings of what it might develop into.
Naperville architects Tom Ryan and Anthony Yeboah say they've created concepts for a way the 119-year-old constructing on Washington Avenue subsequent to Central Park will be saved and reused, whereas nonetheless permitting new growth.
Ryan's thought requires renovating town's first library, which was designated in September as a neighborhood landmark, right into a restaurant and market much like Eataly in Chicago, then developing a loft-type, combined-use constructing in an "L" form behind it.
Yeboah introduced two variations of his thought. Each embrace turning the library right into a welcome center, upgrading Central Park, then including a 4-story workplace and financial institution, a six-story condo constructing and underground parking.
"The concept is to refurbish that constructing in its old type, hold it very nice and vintage," Yeboah mentioned in regards to the library, a Richardsonian Romanesque constructing accomplished in 1898.
His first plan requires a skybridge to assist folks cross Washington Avenue, and his second locations the brand new buildings farther from Washington Avenue by including a courtyard.
Each architects, who introduced drawings to the preservation group Save Old Nichols, mentioned it is necessary to maintain the old library's construction intact to retain that means.
"Downtowns will change," Yeboah mentioned. "Nevertheless it would not want to vary utterly to an extent the place we will not acknowledge our historical past."
Constructing house owners Dwight Avram and Jeff Brown say they're exploring a number of choices for the way forward for the old library, as its present consumer, Reality Lutheran Church, plans to maneuver out early subsequent 12 months.
One risk is shifting the library to the Naper Settlement, the place it might stand as a testomony to its benefactor, early Naperville businessman, trainer and writer James Lawrence Nichols.
"We're all hoping only for a dialogue about choices," Ryan mentioned.
The choice Ryan designed creates a clear, trendy constructing behind the yellow stone library that will not take away from its magnificence. His sketches are about "mild and preserving inexperienced house on a website that has a constructing on it meaning so much to the folks," he mentioned.
Each architects' concepts are supposed to generate dialogue. However the selection of what to do with the positioning in the end lies with house owners Avram and Brown. Brown mentioned they hope to decide on a path by the top of this 12 months.
Any exterior adjustments would should be reviewed by town's historic preservation fee and granted a certificates of appropriateness.
"My recommendation for the developer is to essentially have interaction the general public," Yeboah mentioned. "I feel they will do one thing stunning in the event that they open up and convey folks to the constructing."