The library addition was a long-time aspiration for the retired Harvard University professor who wanted to preserve his passion for literature, knowledge, and solitude. The wood paneling, bookcases, staircases, and coffered ceiling in the two-story library are custom constructed from solid maple. Twenty five windows offset the wood-encased room. The Isokern ™ fireplace is the centerpiece for the sitting area.
Built into the library are two concealed doorways—one that accesses a storage space, and the other that leads to the main part of the home. On the second floor, a light-filled belvedere is topped with a cupola that provides a private view of Baldwin Park.
Because of the homeowner’s desire for an authentic self-contained retreat, the library, which is located at the rear of the home, is equipped with a kitchenette and full bathroom.