LIBRARY: Fowler Library | Fowler, CA | Built
Fowler, California, is a small community located in the San Joaquin Valley approximately 5 miles south of Fresno. Known for its well-kept neighborhoods, attractive downtown, highly acclaimed school district, and quality affordable housing, Fowler is a great example of a quality “bedroom community.” With a strong sense of place and civic pride, the new Fowler Library was made possible largely by donations from local organizations, companies, and philanthropic individuals. The 8,600 square foot library features a Local History Room, Community Room, Children’s Area, and Teen Area. Weekend and summer programs rely on the Community Room and Kitchen which can be reserved by anyone within the community. The library interior is dominated by a canted art wall above the service points and runs parallel to the main circulation axis through the Library. On the art wall, a mural depicts important events and historical figures from Fowler’s past. The library is bordered by a residential neighborhood across Merced Street and a functioning rail line at the rear of the site. Paul Halajian was the design architect while a principal with the Taylor Group Architects. Fresno County Public Works staff prepared Construction Documents based on the approved design.