Best New Public Building (small)

Ralph W. Yarborough Branch, Austin Public Library

When you think about it, libraries and movie theatres are terribly different places. But this renovation of the old Americana Theatre completely reprograms the building into a first-class neighborhood library without losing the advantages of the original design. The big open space, the screen (now a mural), and the outdoor marquee all make going to the library into an event, and Austin Public continues the winning streak it started last year with the Cepeda Branch.

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