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August 2, 2010

Library bricks to be stained Tuesday

Downtown building losing its dark color.

Will anyone miss the 1970s-era brown color of the Kokomo Main Library when it’s gone?

Kokomoans will find out this week, as a coat of off white brick stain will forever change the outward appearance of the building’s masonry.

“I think one of the impressions of the building for people who go downtown is that it’s a dark brown box,” architect Mike Montgomery of KRM Montgomery Architects, Anderson, said Friday.

For the curious, there’s already a swatch of the stain painted on the wall on the alley side of the building.

Well, actually, that’s only one of three colors they’ll use when the staining commences Tuesday.

There’s an off white that will go on the white columns, and a slightly darker shade of white will color most of the exterior brown brick.

The darker brown bordering bricks will receive a thinned-down version of the stain being applied to the facing, so the library will retain its three color look, albeit without the current contrast.

Montgomery said the columns will change color, “but not a lot. They’ll be a little less stark white.”

The stain penetrates the brick and comes with a 25-year warranty. The library plans to spend about $47,000 for the work.

“The interior’s being completely made over, and this can be done for a relatively small amount of money compared to redoing the outside of the building,” Montgomery said.

• Scott Smith is a Kokomo Tribune staff writer. He may be reached at 765-454-8569 or via e-mail at scott.smith@kokomotribune.com

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