Grand Opening: Petersburg Public Library

Published on April 21, 2014


Enteros Design and the Petersburg Library Foundation are ecstatic to announce the Grand Opening of the brand new facility on Saturday, April 26th, at 10am.   The 2 story, 42,000 sf building is located at 201 West Washington Street in downtown Petersburg.  The library building includes all the amenities of a modern library, including areas designed specially for kids and teens, numerous computer stations, self check-out, reading rooms, study areas, meeting rooms, and a spacious outdoor reading terrace on the north side.

“The goal, from day one, was to design a building that would make Petersburg proud,” says Gil Entzminger, president of Enteros Design, and the Architect of Record.  “We wanted to highlight all that makes Petersburg special.”  One of the more unique design aspects that illustrate the Petersburg community include a grand mosaic located in the main atrium.  The design of the  mosaic incorporates 50 of the City’s historic properties, as well as scenes from Petersburg’s history.  Even the manufacturing of the mosaic is about community–local mosaic company, Appomattox Tile Art created the incredibly detailed work of art.

Situated between 2 historic churches, the building needed to convey a monumental civic scale, without sacrificing the intimacy and comfort of a community library.    By incorporating large expanses of glass, the building encourages two-way participation and transparency.   And at night, the library will be lit up from within  and shine like a beacon for the whole City.