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Hyde House

The Hyde House, located adjacent to the library, was bequeathed to the library in 1969 by Vinnie K. Y. Wilson (1878-1967). Before housing the Friends of the Library, the house functioned as a residence and a retail shop, always providing a source of revenue and support for the operations of the library.

The Friend of the Library have housed their Used Book Store in the library-owned Hyde House
since 1976, attracting readers from all of the world with a wide selection of books, bargain
prices, and the famous 24/7 “porch book” sale.

Unfortunately, an inspection in the late fall of 2018 revealed some safety concerns. The boards of both institutions have agreed that addressing the Hyde House should become a part of Phase II.

Phase II refers to the second phase of the renovation that was started in 2014. The 2014 renovation was initiated as the first step of a two-phase project to bring greater access to the library, its resources, and potential. Today we know the second phase–at the very least–will add a much needed elevator. At the time of the first renovation, it was proposed to expand the library and connect it to the Hyde House. The evolution/co-occurrence of the condition of the Hyde House has led us to new possibilities for Phase 2.

In considering whether it would be possible to restore or renovate the Hyde House, we have learned:

“Restorations” will typically run about 18-22% higher in overall cost than new construction. Another factor that would make simply renovating problematic would be that given the amount of work needed to be done to the entire building would have to be brought up to commercial code for its primary occupancy type: Mercantile.

Meeting ADA standards

  • ½ max height at thresholds of entries
  • access with 1:12 sloped ramps (with handrails) or 1:20 sloped ramps (no handrails) to the building
  • ADA complaint restroom(s)
  • Proper aisle/corridor widths

Meeting energy code

  • Requires continuous insulation at exterior envelope and minimum R values

Meeting 2015 International Building Code / NFPA 101 – 2009

  • Requires guardrails for 30” High drops or greater to be 42” High as opposed to 36” High in residential (Porch area)
  • Requires stairs to be maximum 7” risers, minimum 11” treads”
  • Requires potential second means of egress configurations
  • Requires potential for doors to swing in direction of egress

Additional needs include

  • Full electrical re-wriring
  • Lost connection to the sewer pipes requiring excavation