This 35,000 square foot building combines a public town library with senior and youth centers, offices for the Visiting Nurse Association and the Town Parks and Recreation Department, and a multipurpose meeting room. The town requested that each of these maintain a separate identity and visibility while being housed in a one-story building of New England character with sloping roofs. The site complicated the requirements. It borders residences, wetlands, and the Smith Harris House, an historic Greek Revival farmstead on the National Register.

Early studies revealed just enough room to fit the building and required parking on the narrow site. The building was set on the north half to leave the south end as an entry and parking "orchard," sunny in winter and shaded in summer. The tripartite building faces the parking with three open pavilion entries. The longest of these, in the middle, leads to a high lobby in which all departments have indoor entries. The youth and senior centers claim the two other pavilions as their own outdoor entries.

The sloping roofs required by the town were massive. To break down their scale, entry pavilions and dormers, which are Greek Revival, reflecting the Smith Harris House were added. A gallery pavilion, tall with glass and almost the same size as the house, juts out the back of the lobby to face it. The trim and fenestration throughout the building, though newly invented, also recall the house's style along with the stretched columnar brick piers and pediments of the three building wings. Since Greek Revival was prevalent at the town's founding, this all helped celebrate the town's 150th anniversary.

Inside, off the lobby, each facility opens through a procession of regular spaces in irregular patterns. Especially in the library, large spaces lead to small which lead in turn to large again to dramatize the pleasures and uses of each. In addition to administrative and technical services offices, the 18,000 square foot library includes a grand reading room. It is preceded by a checkout desk off a tapered entry hall and is surrounded by stacks, special pods for media, new books, periodicals, a children's library, and the "East Lyme Room" with mahogany cabinets displaying town memorabilia.

Between the Senior Center and the large subdivided multi-purpose room is a full kitchen capable of serving 400 meals. The Senior Center also offers its own meal site room, a day room, and crafts studio. The Youth Center separates into counseling offices and a recreation hall where a snack bar and DJ booth/TV "tower of power" in the middle are surrounded by game tables and seating.

Photography © Norman McGrath