Building Preservation Project to Begin Soon

SPL Building in 1923

Sewickley Public Library is the proud recipient of a $750,000 grant from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund of the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education that together with gifts from the Raymond C. and Martha S. Suckling Fund of The Pittsburgh Foundation and individual donors, will fund an estimated $1.6 million project to make improvements to the library, most especially to our historic original library building that was first constructed at the corner of Thorn and Broad in 1923.

The project will replace the original nearly 100-year-old Spanish tile roof of the 1923 section of the building, as well as ten of its original fan-shaped windows that give it such historical character. The air-conditioning system for the entire library will also be replaced.

Many years of planning have preceded this project in partnership with Landau Building Construction who also oversaw the 1999 addition to this original building. All necessary approvals from the Sewickley Historical Commission were obtained, and the library is grateful for the support of the Quaker Valley School District Board of Directors and Sewickley Borough in obtaining the Keystone Grant funding.

An official start date for the construction will be announced soon. Work is expected to begin in the late spring or early summer of 2022, and be completed in the fall of 2023, just in time to celebrate the library’s 150th anniversary of service, as well as the 100th anniversary of the 1923 building that will receive so much care and attention with this grant.

Bookmark this page and check back for frequent updates about construction and 2023 anniversary celebration events.

Project Updates

(Update 5/24/2022)

Moving Forward with Restoration Undertaking
Please excuse our team of architects and engineers as they take measurements and make final plans to replace the roof of our 1923 building, ten historic windows, and air conditioning for the entire library. They are working in cooperation with Landau Building Company with whom we have contracted to manage the project. In the meantime, some updates are being made to our existing air conditioning units that we hope will keep us a little cooler this summer until the new units can be replaced. Thank you for your patience as we work through construction logistics and try to keep library service interruptions to a minimum.

This project is supported, in part, through a grant with the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, Department of Education, with funds provided from the Keystone Recreation, Park and Conservation Fund.