Known as the Hart Interim Library, the property required extensive interior renovation to accommodate the library’s collections and services. While historically the building featured unique architectural details during its time as a department store, those details had almost all been erased with concrete and cells during its time as a detention center.
Hart Interim Library
The historic Keefer Hotel was a social center for Hillsdale and many public and private functions were held there after its construction in 1864. Several well-known guests graced the halls of the hotel including Annie Oakley, John Ringling, and “Buffalo Bill” Cody. To date, the building serves as one of the most historically intact buildings Studio GWA has had the pleasure to work on.