House Lust: A Stunning Former Library is on the Market
Peek inside the incredible transformation.
I believe I’ve reached peak House Lust.
The former Rumford Library, which closed to the public in 2012 and underwent extensive residential renovations before being sold in 2015, is back on the market.
There’s no sadder closure than a public library — go on, try and think of one — but the silver lining here is the property was purchased by a developer and real estate broker with an appreciation for literature and history. She honored the space with her renovations — click here for an amazing collection of before, in-progress and after photos — then sold it to its next stewards. And now, another set of bibliophiles will get the chance to call this place home.
Truth be told, 1392 Pawtucket Avenue in Rumford would be lust-worthy even without its storied history. Massive paned windows, jewel-toned walls and exposed brick add romance and intimacy to the airy space. Ample bookshelves, complete with a rolling library ladder in the kitchen, would be a boon in any book-loving household. And unusual elements — think: vessel sinks atop antique tea tables in the bathrooms; vintage doors on barn sliders — add style and personality.
And, oh yeah: For more than 100 years it provided visitors with poetry, adventure, history, art, science, spirituality, comedy, romance — all manners of comfort and connection when they most needed it. If that’s not a home, I don’t know what is.
I love this one. Here’s your House Lust: