The Standard at East Library
Our photos take you inside the new library and apartment building on North Ave.
The new East Library is taking shape on E. North Ave in the heart of the East Side. Replacing a functionally obsolete, single-use building is a new first-floor library that will cost less to operate and provide better service. As part of the redevelopment, the city also gets new tax revenue from an apartment building being built above the library and a retail space on North Ave. HSI Properties is developing the property, known as The Standard at East Library, following a competitive bidding process that had many East Siders playing architect in public meetings.
We’ve followed the project for years now (this is my 12th article on the complex project), most recently with construction photos of the rising building. On Tuesday, Library Director Paula Kiely and Mayor Tom Barrett welcomed neighbors and members of the press inside for a tour of the under construction library. HSI’s Ryan Schultz guided guests through the apartment portion of the building, and during his speech from one of the apartments said he’d be remiss if he failed to ask if anyone wanted to lease a unit.
The apartments and exterior of the building have been designed by Engberg Anderson, with Mark Ernst serving as Partner-in-Charge and Tim Wolosz as the project designer. The actual library portion of the project is being designed by HGA. During the tour HGA architect Kevin Allebach (who is working with designer Jane Dedering) walked everyone on the tour through the various materials that are being reused from the past library building, including stained glass windows and old boards to be reused in the new high ceilings.
Construction of the five-story building began in July 2013. When finished the building will include 99 apartments and 6,000 square-feet of retail space. The new library will have 16,000 square-feet of space. Artist Ray Chi was selected to design public art that surrounds the library.
Occupancy for at least some of the apartments is expected before the end of summer, with the library itself opening this winter.
Enjoy the photos without the hassle of wearing a hardhat.
- Friday Photos: Standard Nears Completion – Jeramey Jannene – May 30th, 2014
- Plenty of Horne: Owner of Strad Violin Tips Her Identity – Michael Horne – February 6th, 2014
- Hard Hat Tour: North Avenue Boomtown – Jeramey Jannene – January 23rd, 2014
- Photo Gallery: New East Library Complex Rising – Dave Reid – November 24th, 2013
- Rebuilding Another Library – Maria Corpus – October 10th, 2013
- Photo Gallery: East Library Groundbreaking – Jeramey Jannene – July 30th, 2013
- Photo Gallery: Temporary East Library Opens – Jeramey Jannene – July 1st, 2013
- Friday Photos: Say Goodbye to East Library – Jeramey Jannene – June 7th, 2013
- Eyes on Milwaukee: A Redesign for Hi Hat Garage – Jeramey Jannene – December 13th, 2012
- Eyes on Milwaukee: Did Donovan Make Bauman Soil His Pants? – Jeramey Jannene – May 24th, 2012
- East Library Gains Zoning Approval, Rest of District Held – Jeramey Jannene – May 21st, 2012
- City Land Sale for East Library Redevelopment Held at Committee – Dave Reid – March 28th, 2012
- East Library Redevelopment Advances at City Plan Commission – Dave Reid – February 28th, 2012
- East Library Redevelopment Update and Estimated Schedule – Jeramey Jannene – February 9th, 2012
- HSI/WiRED Properties Proposal Picked for East Library – Jeramey Jannene – November 10th, 2011
- Mixed Use East Library Proposals Meet the Neighbors – Jeramey Jannene – September 15th, 2011