Enoch Pratt Free Library

Baltimore, Maryland

A Multi-Phase Renovation of a Historic Downtown Library Building

The Enoch Pratt Free Library is one of the oldest free public libraries in the U.S. The system’s Central Library, established in the late 1880s, occupies a historic building in downtown Baltimore. The 300,000-square-foot building remained opened during the first phase of its modernization, which included the installation of new HVAC, plumbing, electrical, fire protection, security, data, and communications systems. A 43,000-square-foot, four-level addition connected the Central Library with the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. The new structure accommodates the most technologically advanced and sensitive program areas, including Rare Books, Special Collections, the Mencken Collection, and the Preservation and Conservation laboratories. The second phase will also include new heating, cooling, fire protection, lighting, security, and technology information systems; a new teen and young adult wing; expanded children’s area; additional conference and multi-purpose space; and the restoration of the majestic Central Hall.

Architect

Beyer Blinder Belle/Ayers Saint Gross

Client History

2018: Phase II; Beyer Blinder Belle/Ayers Saint Gross
2003: Phase I: Beyer Blinder Belle/Ayers Saint Gross

“Preserving the Pratt”

IAMFA Papyrus

“Pratt Evolves to Meet 21st Century Needs”

The Baltimore Sun

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  • The project team, including the architects, engineers, the state of Maryland and Enoch Pratt Free Library, has embraced the goal of creating a 21st century library within the historic context of the Pratt's central library.

    Sandra Vicchio
    Lead Architect
  • The project team, including the architects, engineers, the state of Maryland and Enoch Pratt Free Library, has embraced the goal of creating a 21st century library within the historic context of the Pratt's central library.

    Sandra Vicchio
    Lead Architect