The ‘Old Library’ Building
The ‘Old Library’, built in 1899, consisted of a large, vaulted Reading Room and a stacks area on the main floor with an extensive children’s area on the lower floor. Town historian Pam Fox states in her book Farm Town to Suburb that the building, designed by Boston firm Fox, Jenney and Gale “is a variety of English Tudor now referred to as Jacobean, based on formal English building traditions of the late medieval period. The stone trim is Indiana limestone.” Work began in November 1899 and the library opened a year later, on November 17, 1900. The building closed after a new library was opened in 1995, and remained largely unused until renovated in 2019.
The Art & Innovation Center consists of a main Reading Room, two makerspace studios and a small conference room. The Reading Room, restored to its previous 20th century grandeur, is an elegant and intimate space for parties and catered affairs, performances and lectures, exhibitions and classes. The former stacks area on the upper floor and the former children’s library on the lower floor are makerspace studios containing a wide selection of high and low tech equipment such as 3D printers and laser cutters, printing presses, painter’s easels, sewing machines and soldering irons. The AIC offers a wide range of art and technology classes and also provides access to those certified to use the equipment independently.
The AIC is a self-sustaining institution committed to literacy, knowledge and community with an emphasis on hands-on learning. The studios are available to anyone developing new skills, expanding a hobby, starting a small business or just pursuing an idea with the goal of seeing it through to reality. The Reading Room is a vibrant and active cultural center that hosts performances, exhibitions and educational workshops and is available for rent by the public. Our vision is to be a neighborhood space where residents of Weston and beyond can congregate in a collaborative spirit to learn together, create, and use equipment that might not be found in the typical home.