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Roslyn Public Library, 2002

The City of Roslyn and the Friends of the Roslyn Library are working together to bring new life to the community’s most important public building.  Badly damaged in the 2001 Nisqually Earthquake, this anchor building of the Roslyn National Register Historic District is in need of major structural repair.  Working with the award-winning BOLA Architects + Planning of Seattle, the project partners have developed a plan to rehabilitate this historic treasure according to the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for the Treatment of Historic Properties.


Old gymnasium in use for Summer Reading Program art activity, 2015

  • Stabilize and repair Roslyn’s key public building, a rustic vernacular building constructed at the turn of the 20th century as a recreational and social hall for the town’s coal miners and their families.
  • Enhance the Roslyn community and the Upper Kittitas County region by expanding space for the Roslyn Public Library and creating a Community Center for meetings, art, and educational and cultural activities.
  • Preserve a pivotal structure in Roslyn’s historic district and expand its uses.


In 1918
Armistice Day Celebration, 1918
Courtesy Ellensburg Public Library

Phase I of the rehabilitation project included major structure improvements, including a new foundation that is pinned to bedrock for seismic stabilization, a concrete slab for the ground floor, removal of hazardous materials, and an updated heating and cooling system. Phase Ib will be completed in 2012 and will finish the ground floor with handicapped accessible restrooms and temporary occupancy for the public library and the City Council's meeting chambers. Phase II will involve enhancements of public space including the final home of the public library and enhancement of former gymnasium space to serve as a community center, plus repair of deteriorated roof and exterior elements, fire and life safety issues, and a wheelchair ramp for access to the first floor.


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Total Project Budget (2011)
$3 million

Funds Raised To Date:

Congressional Appropriation, 2009

Congressional Appropriation, 2006

Washington State Legislative Budget, 2005

Washington State Heritage Capital Projects

$ 41,000           
Kittitas County Infrastructure Improvement Fund, 2003

$ 59,000          
Kittitas County Infrastructure Improvement Fund, 2005

$ 20,000           
City of Roslyn Capital Facilities Fund, 2005

$ 30,000           
Friends of the Library, Building Committee, Individuals

$ 5,000            
Hart Foundation

Puget Sound Energy Foundation

Plum Creek Timber Company

How You Can Help

You can play an important role in this exciting project by donating time, materials or money toward the effort. We need your help!  All donations are tax-deductible when you donate to the Friends of the Roslyn Library, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Donate Now!

Friends of the Roslyn Library
Box 399
Roslyn, WA 98941

Thank you so much!


For More Information

Roslyn City Hall
Brandi Taklo, City Clerk
(509) 649-3105

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Last Update June 15, 2016