Harold Washington Library Center
Harold Washington Library Center / ChicagoIL
Can a library be constructed with a historic design?
The Harold Washington Library Center, located in downtown Chicago, is a modern building, constructed with historic design. The library features a grand atrium lobby with three tiers, six library floors, and a two-story administration penthouse. The library, a joint venture with Schal Associates, also houses restaurants and a variety of open public spaces.

Facts And Figures

City of Chicago

Completed April 1991


790,000 SF

Delivery Methods

Design-Build Joint Venture

The Team


Award for Excellence - Urban Land Institute - Washington DC, 1998