The 1913 Library
Cornerstone of Our Community
A group of New Canaan residents have come together to support the new New Canaan Library, but also support retaining the original 1913 Library Building while saving the demolition dollars!
Here are links to information on the 1913 Library and how you can help:
About Friends of Our 1913 Library
Friends of Our 1913 Library, a committee of the NCPA, is working to save the original 1913 Library Building. Join us!
1913 New Canaan Library Significance and Condition
This compilation of research and analysis presents information to substantiate a request for a Determination of Eligibility for the listing on the State Register of Historic Places.
NCPA Presentation to P&Z on 4/15/21
The NCPA presented the following to P&Z in defense of keeping the 1913 Library, in situ:
Friends of Our 1913 Library P&Z Powerpoint Presentation
Appendix to 1913 P&Z Powerpoint
1913 Library Exterior Condition Video
Kirk & Company Feasibility Study - 1913 Library
Friends of Our 1913 Library Committee retained Kirk & Company, located in Boston, MA to provide counsel and analysis for the potential reuse or redevelopment of our 1913 Library. Read it here!
NCPA Proposal to New Canaan Library
Read the NCPA Proposal to Preserve and Re-purpose the 1913 Library. Watch the Transformation videos here.
1913 Library Conditions Report
This report has been developed by Preservation Architects and reflects the true present condition of the building which is in contrast to statements made by the New Canaan Library.
Two estimates are included, one from Architectural Preservation Studio, commissioned by the Friends of Our 1913 Library Committee and one from Dharam Consulting, commissioned by the New Canaan Library.
Here is a neutral unbiased resource requested by the P&Z Commission to identify the "Pros & Cons" of saving vs. demolishing the 1913 Library.
Let us know if you have other questions to be answered!
In 1951 the New Canaan Historical Society published a booklet called "Landmarks of New Canaan."
New Library and 1913 Library Site Plan
Look at the site plan to see how seamlessly the new library and the 1913 library can coexist on the same site.
Plan of Conservation and Development
The 2014 approved Plan of Conservation and Development included images that New Canaan residents submitted which they felt contributed to the overall character of New Canaan. The 1913 Library photo is actually given more prominence than the Waveny House photo!
A Practical and Useful Enterprise
This is a wonderful booklet created by the New Canaan Library to celebrate their 100th year in 1977.
Historical Timeline for Our 1913 Library
The timeline starts in 1909 with the fundraising for the new building.