McAllen is a town in the southern section of Texas
#1 This huge abandoned building in McAllen, Texas was once a Walmart that went out of business.
The large space measuring nearly two-and-a-half football fields was left for ruin, but happened next though is remarkable!
#2 The vast property was purchased by the firm, Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. of Minneapolis with a project in mind.
They began to redesign and repurpose the building’s interior to be a public library!
#3 The design firm did so well it won the 2012 Library Interior Design Competition!
The International Interior Design Association which sponsors the competition affirmed the innovative idea was a success. AND the library membership grew 23% the year it opened compared to the public library prior.
#4 Very Kid Friendly: Soundproof rooms were installed for teenagers, as well as other large children’s sections made especially for them.
#5 McAllen’s extensive library also features 14 study rooms, 64 computer labs, ten computer labs for kids, two genealogy labs, and 15 public meetings spaces. Impressive!
Most of all it’s a hot spot for the community with locals feeling it’s “the coolest building in town.”
#6 It’s all encompassing with something for everyone to experience and learn.
It even hosts theater screenings, classes, and lectures on a variety of subjects. And there’s a cafe, art gallery, and used book store too!
#7 The McAllen, Texas library is the largest single public library in the US, and everyday people line-up to get in.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if more abandoned building could be repurposed into an amazing space for communities?
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