The Edmonds Historical Museum continues with the second phase of renovations this spring with plans to return the upper level to its original 1910 layout.
The Carnegie Library building (now the museum) opened to the public in 1911 and was used for the library and city offices through 1962. The museum has been occupying the space since 1973. The building still retains many original elements, such as burlap wainscoting and its Tiffany glass entry sign, but the open layout was altered in the 1970s and 1990s to accommodate office use.
Renovation plans include removing non-original walls, expanding the research library, improving the kitchen and public bathroom, and addressing temperature and relative humidity issues for the museum’s collection.
“This is one of the most significant buildings in Edmonds, and the museum’s greatest artifact,” said Museum Director Tarin Erickson. “We can’t wait to bring back some of the original charm of the space, and make the interior match the beauty of the exterior.”
This project follows the museum’s lower level renovation in 2013, and lays the groundwork for future expansion of programs and exhibitions.
The renovation will begin immediately after the current exhibit ends on Feb. 9. Both floors will reopen Saturday, May 3, along with the museum’s Garden Market.