Hyattsville Library listed as endangered

by Rebecca Bennett

Photo courtesy the Hyattsville Library.

Preservation Maryland, a preservation advocacy group, has listed Hyattsville Library as an endangered site for 2014.  It was nominated by the Hyattsville Preservation Association.  Though it is not a designated historic site, many community residents expressed interest in preserving and renovating the library through the Save Our Saucer campaign.  According to Preservation Maryland, it is significant because:

This building is an integral part of a larger landscape of mid-century modern buildings in this part of Hyattsville. Buildings from the middle of the 20th century are just starting to reach age 50 which means they meet the traditional definition for historic, but the style and designs are not held in high regard by all. For this reason, people often have no concerns with the demolition of buildings in the mid-century modern style. At the time of its dedication, the library attracted national attention for its practical usefulness and its charm. In addition to its design, it is also an important building in the history of Prince George’s County because it was the first county-built library building.

The Hyattsville Preservation Association is holding its annual meeting tonight, Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 7:30pm in the municipal building at 4310 Gallatin Street.