Thomas Crane Public Library


W.T. Rich Company was the General Contractor on the 50,000 square foot new addition and restoration to the Thomas Crane Public Library. The new addition was a steel-framed, three-story structure, which included the creation of a large atrium space that spans the full height of the building. The renovation of the original building included upgraded building systems and extensive exterior and interior restoration work. 


Project Information

Location: Quincy, Massachusetts

Completion: August 2001

Contract Value: $13,000,000

Size: 75,000 SF

Type: New Addition, Historic Renovation

Owner: City Of Quincy

Designer: CBT Architects, Boston, MA

Awards & Honors: Massachusetts Historical Commission's Preservation Award

Delivery Method: Design-Bid-Build (Chapter 149)





Shortly after the project’s completion, the library gained the distinction of receiving the Massachusetts Historical Commission's Preservation Award, the State’s top honor in this category. The project earned the award mainly for the historic restoration of the original building designed by H.H Richardson in 1882. On the library’s website, Library Director, Ann McLaughlin, is quoted as saying, “Today, three additions and more than 125 years later, the Thomas Crane Public Library’s Richardson Building is still considered one of the country’s finest examples of Romanesque architecture.”



Massachusetts Historical Commissions’ Preservation Award