Lake Forest Library, 360 East Deerpath

Year of award: 
2007
Award category: 
Rehabilitation
Year built: 
1931
Restoration architect: 
David Woodhouse

The Lake Forest Library has had several additions, but this award is for the 2001 David Woodhouse addition known as the Louise Wells Kasian Memorial Courtyard.  It transforms an outdoor space into the interior Children's Activity Room, bringing daylight and sun into the lower level of the library.  Enclosed by an iron railing and dense landscaping, Woodhouse installed a glass roof and steel supports to create this additional space, which, although modern, is very much in keeping with the classical design of the original building.