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Detail of the Cambridge Public Library with the signature red staircase visible through the glass facade.

The Cambridge Public Library has won the 2010 Harleston Parker Medal, given annual by the Boston Society of Architects (BSA) and the City of Boston to “the single most beautiful” building or other structure built in the Metropolitan Boston area in the past 10 years.  William Rawn Associates of Boston served as the lead architect on the CPL’s building project with Ann Behar Architects of Boston serving as the associate architect in charge of resorting the historic building.

The Harleston Parker Medal award was established in 1921 by J. Harleston Parker in memory of his father. The first award was granted by the BSA in 1923. The intent of the award is to acknowledge the most beautiful piece of architecture, building, monument or structure within the City of Boston or Metropolitan Parks District limits. Specific goals of the award were not originally identified but the BSA’s 1921 interpretation stated that the award would “stimulate the appreciation of good architecture by the public, and give public recognition by the city to architects who have succeeded in doing…exceptionally good work.”

Ninety-six buildings were nominated for the 2010 medal.

Read the 2010 Harleston Parker Jury report here:  http://www.architects.org/design_awards_programs/index.cfm?doc_id=278.

Read the January 23, 2011 Boston Globe article about the Harleston Parker award:  http://www.boston.com/ae/theater_arts/articles/2011/01/23/two_very_different_buildings_are_honored/.

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The Cambridge Public Library, circa 2009.

Last Friday, the City of Cambridge announced that the Cambridge Public Library received LEED Silver Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for the redesign of the main building.  LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings.  The library’s new wing was designed by William Rawn Associates and the historical restoration of the original library was done by Ann Beha Architects.

Read the City’s announcement here:  http://cambridgema.gov/citynewsandpublications/news/2010/12/libraryawardedprestigiousleedsilvercertification.aspx.

Read more about LEED certification here:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LEED_certification.

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Photo copyright Robert Benson

The Library renovation and new wing is featured in this month’s Architectural Record.  Read the article and view fantastic images of the new library here:  http://archrecord.construction.com/projects/portfolio/2010/10/cambridge_public_library.asp

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