Made possible by a $75,000 bequest from industrialist Leonard Howarth, the Everett Public Library at 2702 Hoyt Avenue was designed by prominent northwest architect Carl Gould in the spring of 1933 and opened to the public on October 3rd, 1934.
Gould's design is often noted as a successful application of early thirties aesthetics. He had invented a striking Neo-Gothic library for the University of Washington a decade earlier, and his Everett library was declared the public-oriented, utterly contemporary counterpart of that academic, historically-derived masterwork.
The library was expanded and renovated in 1991 by architects Cardwell/Thomas and Dykeman. Displaying the skilled ornamental use of aluminum and terra cotta, the architects restored the library’s entrance during this renovation.
A blend of historic preservation and new work is evident in the architecture and design of the Everett Public Library.