HDG Holds Third Annual Adopt-a-Landmark Program at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall
May 18, 2018
The Hayes Design Group Architects (HDG) held its third annual company “Adopt-a-Landmark” program on May 18th. Throughout the day, the firm volunteered at the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie, PA, also known as the “Carnegie Carnegie”. HDG employees assisted staff from the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and the Library & Music Hall with weeding, mulching, edging, and other miscellaneous landscaping, as well as installing several parking signs and plaques. HDG staff also worked on the 117 linear foot mosaic mural for the new Library Park alongside the mural’s artist, Laura Jean McLaughlin, and the Library & Music Hall’s Executive Director, Maggie Forbes.
The firm’s Adopt-a-Landmark program is focused on the important role that the architectural profession can play in honoring local Historic Landmarks to ensure their upkeep and maintenance so everyone can continue to enjoy the rich local history and culture they provide.
“A number of our local historic landmarks are in critical need of volunteers,” stated Kevin Hayes, AIA, Principal and Founder, the Hayes Design Group Architects. “Part of our mission as architects is to help build strong communities and this is a great opportunity to showcase our profession through lending a hand to help maintain these important landmarks. Not only does our firm’s “Adopt-A-Landmark” program provide necessary support for a Pittsburgh-area landmark, but it’s a service project that encourages teamwork and civic involvement by our employees. We hope our efforts will encourage more local companies to do something similar and ensure we continue to have these treasured landmarks in the future.”
“What an enormous help to have members of Hayes Design Group working with us all day!” said Maggie Forbes, Executive Director of the Library & Music Hall. “With the wet spring we’ve had, weeds were rampant, and their “grooming” of the grounds around the building made an enormous difference. After working together on Library Park’s mosaic mural, I feel as though we forged new friendships. Finally, their “Adopt-A-Landmark” day is a brilliant idea. Why didn’t I think of that?”
HDG’s work at the Library & Music Hall was complementary to the on-going $1.5 million project to create Library Park on the hillside overlooking Carnegie’s bustling business district. The project is slated for completion in Fall 2018, and once complete, the hillside will include a sidewalk path for strolling through the park, benches, trees and public art, which will include the outdoor mosaic mentioned above that was previously started with help from the community at a series of public art workshops held earlier this Spring.
The Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall opened in 1901. It is one of only four libraries in the country (three remaining) that Andrew Carnegie endowed. The Library & Music Hall is Mr. Carnegie’s enduring thank you gift to the town that incorporated and took his name in 1901.
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