Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
The Wentworth Library serves the communities of Mendota Heights and Inver Grove Heights in West St. Paul, offering services to seniors, families and children. The 28,770 sf library is located on a busy commercial street at the edge of a primarily residential area. Designed as a community facility, its challenge was to maintain a residential scale and quality while presenting an appropriate civic image to the street. The rolling site, dotted with mature oak trees presented a challenge which ultimately dictated the building’s location and was a major determinant of form. An existing natural knoll buffers the main entry from the noisy intersection, and a graceful canopy shelters visitors as they arrive from the parking lot.