Corvallis Public Library

The historic Corvallis Library was originally designed by Pietro Belluschi with funding from the Carnegie Foundation. The building marked a transition period for Belluschi between earlier traditional work and later modern efforts, resulting in a wonderful blend of tradition and forward-thinking design. The original building had been expanded in 1966 by simply attaching a large box shape to the end of the existing structure.

Ray Johnston, while at Cardwell Thomas and Associates, designed a 42,000 s.f. addition to this building with underground parking and enhanced connections to the adjacent park. The design inserted a new form between the original building and the addition, resulting in a more graceful blend from old to new.

Ray assisted librarian Deborah Jacobs in the development of a library program, the implementation of a successful bond campaign and the initiation of construction documents on this well received project.