La Porte County Public Library Announces New Name for Historic Telephone Building

Posted on June 16, 2020

by Kristi Chadderdon

The La Porte County Public Library is pleased to announce that a new name has been chosen for the old telephone switchboard building at 807 Indiana Avenue that was donated to the library about 5 years ago for expansion. The Board of Trustees approved the name “LPCPL Exchange: Connecting People and Ideas” at its May 21 meeting.

“The new name pays tribute to the building’s history as a telephone exchange while communicating its new purpose as a place for the community to come together and share ideas,” said library director Fonda Owens.

Architectural plans by Fort Wayne-based MKM architecture + design include three levels of flexible and multi-use space suitable for a variety of community meetings, classes, and events, along with specialized areas for artisans and makers.

  • Main level: Collaboration space, video and recording studios, meeting rooms.
  • Upper level: Maker space areas, including fiber arts, woodworking, digital fabrication, and 3-D printing; program space; a large meeting room.
  • Lower level:  Staff offices, storage space.

The goal is to begin construction by July, with the buildout completed in 2021. Historic aspects of the building will be preserved, including the arch-shaped south-facing windows that had been bricked in, and the original “TELEPHONE” sign over the main street-level entry. The interior will boast an industrial look featuring exposed ductwork, overhead garage door, polished concrete floors, and existing concrete columns while incorporating contemporary design, colorful wayfinding graphics and the latest technology. The building will also be ADA-accessible.

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Kristi Chadderdon

Kristi Chadderdon

Kristi wants to live in a world filled with sea glass-covered beaches and Great Danes. As a professional with more than 6 years of marketing experience at the library, she’s been put to the test on a regular basis to create innovative and thoughtful marketing materials and campaigns. She is a big proponent for “Bring Your Dog To Work Day”, however, the administration doesn’t seem to be as enthusiastic.
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