Community Architecture

Lyons City Hall and Library

About the Project

The community of Lyons was using a retired auditorium for their library and city hall, however the structure was failing and inaccessible for those with mobility challenges.

In 2011, the city of Lyons received a quote of $1.8 million from an engineering firm to install ADA-compliant improvements which included adding an elevator and modifying the sloped floor as well as upgrading the mechanical systems.

The Lyons City Council voted to tackle the problem between 2012 and 2016 and retained WDM Architects. WDM proposed a new building as more cost-effective than renovating the deteriorating auditorium.

The first order of business was to engage in the site selection process. The site chosen was an old, abandoned building across from the County Courthouse, which had higher visibility than the former city hall. The building was demolished in preparation for the new facility.

The new building would need “to be a flexible as possible,” said Casey Tillman, Lyons Community Development Coordinator.

The new City Hall and Library for Lyons is designed with large, open multi-purpose spaces for monthly court sessions, council meetings, library events and other community activities. The key to their flexibility is easily movable furnishings. City staff can reconfigure the room for a large formal function or rent out the space for a baby shower.

Upon entry to the building, the public accesses the city offices, court room or library from a shared corridor. Restrooms are found along the corridor, too. Each department is able to determine their own hours and can secure their respective area when closed. On the weekend for instance, the city offices can be closed while the public has access to the library.

Measure of Success

The updated library features an open and naturally lit space with separate areas for children, teens and adults which also includes video and gaming areas. A hand-washing sink is installed adjacent the children’s art activity area to address sticky little hands.

An exterior of red brick and limestone masonry provides the sense of permanence desired by the community.


The project finished ahead of schedule and at less cost than renovating the old facility.

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Project Overview


10,000 s.f.


$1.7 million



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