Mebane Public Library

The Mebane Public Library is a historic adaptive renewal of a two-story textile plant built in the 1920’s. The original building design had large windows, typical of construction at the time, but these had been completely sealed with brick in the 1950’s. The structure continued in use as a textile mill until the 1990’s. When acquired by the City of Mebane, the building was vacant. The renovation included removal of the window infill and reinforcement of the floor structure to allow library loads, but effort was made to maintain the look and feel of the original structure. Heavy timber framing was exposed to view, and original wood flooring was maintained through much of the building. The 14,000 square foot structure contains the city’s main library, meeting spaces, offices and work spaces.

Project Manager: Jeffrey S. Johnson, AIA
Completion: 2006
Construction Cost: $2,100,000