Enoch Pratt Free Library

Baltimore, Maryland

A Multi-Phase Renovation of a Historic Downtown Library Building

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is one of the oldest free public libraries in the U.S. The system’s Central Library occupies a 1930s-era historic Art Deco building in downtown Baltimore. The first phase of the library’s modernization involved construction of a 50,000-square-foot, four-level addition to the Central Library. The new structure accommodates the most technologically advanced and sensitive program areas, including Rare Books, Special Collections, the Mencken Collection, and the Preservation and Conservation laboratories. The second phase involved the renovation of the 300,000-square-foot Central Library, including the installation of new heating, cooling, and fire protection systems; a new teen and young adult wing; an expanded children’s area; additional conference and multi-purpose space; and the restoration of the majestic Central Hall. The building remained open throughout the renovation.

Architect

Beyer Blinder Belle/Ayers Saint Gross

Client History

2019: Phase II: Beyer Blinder Belle/Ayers Saint Gross
2003: Phase I: Ayers Saint Gross

“Preserving the Pratt”

IAMFA Papyrus

“Pratt Evolves to Meet 21st Century Needs”

The Baltimore Sun

“Enoch Pratt Central Library Will Unveil $115 Renovation in September”

Baltimore Business Journal

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  • The project team, including the architects, engineers, the state of Maryland and Enoch Pratt Free Library, has embraced the goal of creating a 21st century library within the historic context of the Pratt's central library.

    Sandra Vicchio
    Lead Architect
  • In the early design phases, Mueller and BBB’s extensive coordination efforts to verify existing conditions helped confirm our assumptions for routing all new utilities within the historic fabric. This successful collaboration is evident in this transformational renovation.

    Jean Campbell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Senior Associate, Beyer Blinder Belle
  • The project team, including the architects, engineers, the state of Maryland and Enoch Pratt Free Library, has embraced the goal of creating a 21st century library within the historic context of the Pratt's central library.

    Sandra Vicchio
    Lead Architect
  • In the early design phases, Mueller and BBB’s extensive coordination efforts to verify existing conditions helped confirm our assumptions for routing all new utilities within the historic fabric. This successful collaboration is evident in this transformational renovation.

    Jean Campbell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C
    Senior Associate, Beyer Blinder Belle