City of Woburn

Public Library Addition & Restoration

Project at a Glance

Woburn, MA


CBT Architects



Project Type


Project Overview

  • Use of in-house self-perform crews, thermal imaging and laser scanning to investigate existing conditions and water intrusion locations
  • Preservation of historic millwork and plaster within this National Historic
    Register building
  • Structural reconfiguration, installation of new M/E/Ps and the integration of a modern addition into a historic façade

Woburn’s Public Library—known as the Winn Memorial Library—is a H.H. Richardson-designed Romanesque Revival building that has served the City since 1879. Decades of New England weather have taken a toll on the brownstowne façade and tile roof, resulting in water intrusion and damage to the interior. Additionally, the space is dated and no longer meets the modern demands of library patrons. As a result, the library will undergo both preservation and modernization to restore the building to its original glory and revive the cultural experience of Woburn Center.

The first phase of the project includes preservation of the façade, roof and interior woodwork, including the installation of new windows and skylights. The interior will be reconfigured, requiring structural changes, floor lowering and associated underpinning. The second phase will add a 15,000 sq. ft. modern structure to house an administration suite, children’s room entrance, first floor circulation area and a new stairway orientation. Additional updates will include a redesigned walkway, changes to the east entry, a plaza, glass framing on the original building, seating areas and a children’s garden. All work will be carefully managed around sensitive abutting neighbors, including a senior living facility, courthouse, businesses and residences.