As the second largest public library in Massachusetts, the Worcester library is a significant civic building located on the perimeter of Worcester Common. Across from City Hall, the building helps define a major public space within the city and has contributed to the revitalization and rebirth of the downtown area. The new stone façade is defined by the extension of a pre-existing arcade with glowing translucent stone cladding above and by an oval shaped bay. The interiors integrate public art through the use of elements such as art glass panels and decorative metal gates.


Tappé’s Schematic Design efforts resulted in the receipt of the 2nd largest Grant awarded by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to a library project.

  • 2002 Worcester Design Award
  • 2002 Silver Hammer Award



Our school clients rely on us for full spectrum services from system wide feasibility studies to school planning and construction. We understand current trends in educational curriculum and the evolving requirements of specialized learning. This expertise is reflected in many completed new and renovated academic facilities for both public and private schools. Our designs are unified around the goal of creating carefully scaled and engaging learning environments flexible enough to support both group and individual learning.



National and international clients turn to us for informed current thinking on library design. We have acted as the prime Architect and also as a consulting designer for library projects throughout the country, enabling us to share our expertise in a broader geographic area. Our collaborative approach, combined with our understanding of innovations in library design and the delivery of library services ensure that our libraries are vital and dynamic facilities, transforming individual lives and enhancing communities.



Colleges and universities have engaged Tappe Architects to assist with diverse projects such as student centers, libraries, learning commons, dormitories and laboratories as well as campus master plans. Our list of clients includes MIT, Wellesley College, Endicott College, Tufts University, Curry College and Norfolk State University. We have acted as Architect-of-Record and as consulting architect on academic library design and interiors. Appreciated for the quality of our service, we have completed multiple projects on the same campus.



Whether an art museum or event space, we are always interested in taking on engaging projects of all types. We have completed many municipal projects including a combined police/fire station, town halls and studies for combined municipal facilities – often several for the same community. Our portfolio includes residential facilities as well as spaces for retail and hospitality. All of these various commissions have in common a rigorous and collaborative planning process and elegant and thoughtful execution.