When commissioned to update the “cornerstone” of downtown Davenport in honor of its 40th anniversary, Paragon wisely used a light hand in order to preserve its original design, conceived by Edward Durell Stone, the world-renowned architect who designed the Lincoln Center and Radio City Music Hall.
Paragon conducted extensive background research in order to design a custom red, black, and white carpet tile pattern reminiscent of the modernist Bauhaus style that Stone was known for. Because the library had begun to serve a rapidly increasing number of children over the years, Paragon also incorporated a playful butterfly element into the carpet near children’s areas.
Based on past experience with the library design, Paragon learned that easier access to materials, computers, and staff was the key to success. Finishes were specified for a new ground floor handicap accessible restroom, and several desks serving different purposes were consolidated into one centrally located public service desk.
The Davenport Public Library is a prime example of how interior design can support architecture. While some changes have been made in the interior layout, the library building continues to serve the ever-changing needs of Davenport citizens while maintaining its glory.