Historic Nichols Library
The Historic Nichols Library is located at 110 S. Washington St. in downtown Naperville, Illinois. The building was built in the 1960s and is over 120 years old. As part of the redevelopment, the existing limestone structure will stay intact and be apart of the new development.
As part of the process, the library will also have parts of the structure restored or repaired. Restoration of the original structure is important. Plans for the library include, tuckpointing and repairs to the existing brick and stone, repairs to the wood fascia and soffits, repairs and replacement of the existing roof and replacement of the existing windows with like-style window units. The main entry door will be replaced with a replica door unit that meets current building codes and the interior vestibule will also be expanded to meet current codes with the existing mosaic tile floor incorporated into the new vestibule space. The main entry steps will be reconstructed and will lead to a proposed outdoor plaza which will provide for a potential outdoor seating space for the future tenant of this area of the building.
While the goal is to make the Library structure an integrated element of the development, the use of the internal space is undetermined at this time.
I feel that the new design elements actually enhance and actually make old Nichols stand out. Trying to hold some of the old elements with the new is what’s going to make this project unique and special.