Work is expected to begin later this year on the extensive renovation of the much-used Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library in Denver.
Located at 2401 Welton St in the city’s growing Five Points neighborhood, the three-story library houses a vast collection of books and archival materials related to the history of African Americans in Denver, as well as the larger Rocky Mountain West.
Opened in the spring of 2003, it is today regarded as one of only four such comprehensive African-American research facilities in the country.
Library officials say work on the 40,000 square foot facility will include the reconfiguration of learning, meeting, and collaboration space.
Community rooms in the building will be turned into flexible multi-function spaces for out-of-school learning, adult classes, and community events.
Also, new building systems are expected to be built in order to preserve the library’s historic archival collections.
The project, which is being paid for through the $937 million Elevate Denver bond program approved by Denver voters in the fall of 2017, is currently in the design phase.
By Garry Boulard
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