Won-Door doors pull the north and south together
CINCINNATI — In the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County in Ohio doors from the Won-Door Corporation make a seamless, protective, transition between the north and south buildings.
According to District Manager Courtney Watson, who oversees the Kentucky, Ohio, upstate New York, Pennsylvania and West Virginia areas, the two curved doors in the new addition provide protection for a wide-open stairway that connects four different spaces on the first floor of the new building.
Two straight doors in the building connector and two more in the bridge provide area separation protection.
All of the doors have been in operation since 1997 and are still working beautifully, Watson said. They just passed inspection again in March 2016.
Architect Tim Timberman for WA Architects, specified the doors for his design.
The main library, on the west side of Vine Street between Sixth and Seventh streets, has been a prominent part of downtown Cincinnati since 1874. Viewed as the most magnificent public library building in the country at the time, it features a towering atrium with a skylight ceiling, a contemporary design and plenty of open space.
The original 200,000 square-foot building, dedicated to Hamilton County residents who died in World War I, World War II and the Korean War, today is the cornerstone of the main library complex.
In 1982, a 360,000 square-foot renovation was added that encompassed the entire block, with five floors wrapping around the 1955 building to create one of the largest public library buildings in America.
In 1995, work began to expand across Ninth Street with a four-story bridge linking the north and south buildings which is where Won-Door doors come in. The North Building opened Jan. 15, 1997 and renovation of the South Building was finished in Dec. 1997, bringing the square footage to over 542,527 square feet.