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Building Design and Construction

Noyes Library for Young Children Rehabilitation and Renovation

Funding/Expenditure Schedule: APPROVED

Project Team


Grimm + Parker
(301) 718-0080

Wiedemann Architects LLC
(301) 652-4022



Montgomery County Government
Department of General Services
Section Chief
Frank Roberts
(240) 777-6084
Project Manager
Susanne Churchill
(240) 777-6113







Mandatory Referral Hearing was held on April 12, 2018. MNCPPC approved the submittal.

Noyes Children’s Library Foundation fundraiser scheduled for Saturday April 14, 2018, to be held at the Kensington Town Hall. For additional information

A public meeting to discuss renovation plans for the Noyes Children’s Library was held on October 11, 2017. A description of the project and a copy of the presentation may be found HERE.

Current Phase: Design and Development

Concept designs for the renovation and enhancement of the library were presented to the community at a meeting on October 11, 2017. The presentation is posted HERE and on the Noyes Library websites.

Project submitted to Maryland Historic Trust for review and creation of a Memorandum Of Agreement between MHT, the County and the Foundation defining the extent of work and proposed mitigating factors.

Project submitted to Maryland National Capital Park & Planning Commission for Mandatory Referral Submittal. Submission was approved on April 12, 2018.



This project will provide for a comprehensive rehabilitation of this historic library also to include conversion of the attic into a finished second floor, renovation of the first floor, the addition of a finished basement, ADA compliant restrooms and elevator, as well as upgrades to the site.

The rehabilitated facility will be able to accommodate additional programming and services for all.

The Noyes Library project will be jointly funded by Montgomery County and the Noyes Children’s Library Foundation.


Current condition:

The Noyes Library is a small, historically designated library with services specifically focused on Pre-Kindergarten and Early Literacy education. The small scale and intimate setting of the library are unique and provide a signature experience for children. The building is currently not accessible, lacks sufficient staff space, adequate toilet facilities, and sufficient meeting space to carry out its mission.


Proposed work

The project proposes a comprehensive rehabilitation and enhancement of this historic library so the rehabilitated facility retains the library's unique, small-scale, intimate experience, while making substantial improvements to the building to

  1. create a fully accessible facility for all patrons and staff;
  2. provide all new ADA restrooms for public and staff use;
  3. provide space for library staff to prepare and deliver library programming:
  4. provide multi-purpose program space for use during and after library hours
  5. reconfigure the existing and new spaces to accommodate a special collection, learning manipulatives, programming, and services centered on early literacy development for young children that is dedicated to founding Noyes Foundation member Jan Jablonski.

To meet these needs, the proposed scope of work includes conversion of the attic into a finished second floor, renovation of the first floor original library room, the creation of a finished basement, the addition of an elevator to provide access for all, provision of new ADA compliant restrooms and egress stairs as required by code. The rehabilitated facility will be able to accommodate additional programming and services for all.

The intention is to have the least impact on the historic fabric, while providing much needed space to make the library viable. The historical review agencies require that the new addition be different from the original building so it is clear what part of the building is historic and what is new.

The addition of an elevator tower is the most visible part of the work. The architect has developed two concepts; one is for a solid tower to be clad in materials similar to the existing building with a glass connecting corridor; the second option is a glass tower with a glass connecting corridor.




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