Merced Branch Library


Date:
1956
Architect:
Appleton and Wolfard
Neighborhood:
Merced, San Francisco
Building Type:
Institutional
Address:
155 Winston Drive, San Francisco, California
Current Name:
Merced Library
Current Use:
Library
Current Condition:
Altered
Status:
Not Listed


The Merced Library fits well in the neighborhood character and its sitting is outstanding. Located on a narrow lot surrounded by 19th Avenue, Winston Drive and Stonecrest Drive, the T-shaped building is sensitively placed with an entrance court towards the residential neighborhood and a reading court separating it from adjacent houses. While large floor-to-ceiling windows connect the interior with the two courtyards and allow ample natural light, a solid wall with a narrow window ribbon buffers the noise from traffic along the busy 19th Avenue. Workrooms are also located along this wall. The construction is in steel, concrete and brick. Innovative features at the opening included radiant heating, “clover leaf” freestanding bookcases, custom designed furniture designed, and the vertical venetian blinds. In 2010, the Library underwent a major rehabilitation, and unfortunately the new addition with bathrooms and staff lounge destroyed the entrance courtyard, fireplace and entry vestibule. Ribbon windows which lined the west elevation and contributed to the library’s’ modern character were filled in. Fortunately the south outdoor terrace and children’s reading room was retained.

Image Credits:
San Francisco History Center, San Francisco Public Library


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