The new Winter Park Library and Events Center (Website) is under construction and last week, the city celebrated the raising of the final roofbeam at a Topping Out ceremony on Friday, October 30.

The ceremony marked the completion of the skeleton of the new building and was attended digitally by design architect Sir David Adjaye, the same architect behind the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Adjaye also made headlines last month when a home his firm designed for Brad Pitt’s Make It Right Foundation in New Orleans was deemed unsafe and scheduled to be demolished.

The 50,000 SF library was approved in 2016 with a $42 million budget but was delayed by a since-defeated lawsuit that cost the City of Winter Park roughly $246,000 in legal fees

The new Winter Park Library and Events Center is expected to open in the fall of 2021. Once completed, the new venue will host a grand ballroom for groups of up to 500 people, a rooftop terrace, an outdoor amphitheater, a covered porte cochere, and special event spaces available for rent. Click HERE to see renderings.


Brendan O'Connor

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