Margaret Chase Smith Library Center

Skowhegan, Maine

A sensitively designed addition to the home of Senator Margaret Chase Smith created a scholarly library where her official papers are available for study.

The addition, which also includes a small conference center, takes its tone from the house, with white clapboard siding and dusky red shutters. In both scale and materials, it is compatible with its residential neighborhood.

Beams and custom designed casework in the library are of native ash. A skylit exhibit area displays the senator’s memorabilia.

A new gallery connects the addition to the house and provided a private door for the late senator, who had continued to live in her home.

Photography by Brian Vanden Brink