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Colony library addition  focuses on work space

  • MacDowell Colony's library addition under construction<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • MacDowell Colony's library addition under construction<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • MacDowell Colony's library addition under construction<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • MacDowell Colony's library addition under construction<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • A new window replaces the former entry door to the Eugene Coleman Savidge Library at the MacDowell Colony. When the old library reopens, entry will be through the new addition being constructed on the west side of the building.<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)
  • MacDowell Colony's library addition under construction<br/>(Staff photo by Dave Anderson)

MacDowell Colony Resident Director David Macy says a new addition to the colony’s historic Eugene Coleman Savidge Library will be “kind of like a living room,” providing a place for MacDowell fellows to socialize and also have wireless Internet access, which isn’t available in their individual private cabins.

On Thursday, workers were busy putting final touches on the interior of the building. As he gave a tour of the 2,900-square-foot glass and granite structure, Macy said the building will allow the colony to bring its computer access into the 21st century.

“People here do a lot of work on their laptops,” he said. “What looks like casual seating will double as a work space. We’ll have armchairs, a standing desk, and some small private cubicles, mostly for solitary work.”

The building will also have a large-screen wall mounted TV in a viewing area that can be screened off for privacy as well as two cubicles where one or two fellows can work in privacy.

Tables, desks and casual seating will be arranged to take advantage of the soaring glass windows throughout the building.

“The idea is to push the space where you sit close to the windows,” Macy said. “Many of our fellows are from cities. It’s a memorable thing for them to be out in the woods.”

With the addition, the colony will be able to resume using the Savidge library’s 1,000-square-foot reading room for fellows to give presentations of their work.

“This room was getting crowded with tables and computers and looked horrible,” Macy said, surveying the book-lined reading room. “Now we’ve gotten rid of the encroachments of the 21st century in here.”

The colony held an opening reception at the addition on Saturday night. Macy said fellows should be able to start using the space in May, and it will be open to the public on Medal Day in August.

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