The Worcester Public Library
- 2002 Worcester Design Award
- 2002 Silver Hammer Award
- AIA Western MA Chapter Design Award
Tappé’s Schematic Design efforts resulted in the receipt of the second largest grant awarded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to a library project.
As the second largest public library in Massachusetts, the Worcester Public Library is a significant civic building located on the perimeter of Worcester Common. Across from City Hall, the building helps define a major public space within the city and has contributed to the revitalization and rebirth of the downtown area. The new stone façade is defined by the extension of a pre-existing arcade with glowing translucent stone cladding above and by an oval shaped bay. The interiors integrate public art through the use of elements such as art glass panels and decorative metal gates.