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Renton Public Library


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Slab bridge over Cedar River on Library
Renton, King County, Washington
Open to pedestrians only
Future prospects
MIGHT be doomed?
Built 1964
- Johnston-Campanella & Co (Architects)
Span length: 80.0 ft.
Total length: 80.0 ft.
Approximate latitude, longitude
+47.48179, -122.20248   (decimal degrees)
47°28'54" N, 122°12'09" W   (degrees°minutes'seconds")
Approximate UTM coordinates
10/560084/5259014 (zone/easting/northing)
Quadrangle map:
Inventory number
BH 55881 (Bridgehunter.com ID)

Update Log 

  • March 24, 2013: Added by Luke Harden


  • Luke


Renton Public Library
Posted March 28, 2020, by Robert Banel (bob [dot] banel [at] aol [dot] com)

The Renton Library reopened August 2015 after a $10.2 million renovation which included a seismic retrofit and replacement of windows with glass walls for better river views and natural light. It actually doesn't look half bad and at least it is still a library. Still though, I miss the old layout as it seems about two thirds of the books disappeared and were replaced by computers. In the words of Brophy from the movie High Anxiety, "Geez Boss! This place looks so modrren!".

Renton Public Library
Posted March 25, 2013, by Julie Bowers (jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Nathan, that is awesome. Thanks for the input.

If anyone hasn't perused Nathan's site at historicbridges you really should. He goes much further with documenting bridges than is done here on bridgehunter with examples of the connections, history and opinions!

We have asked and been given permission to use his photographs before, especially for our bowstring and Gilliece Bowstring when it was bad weather for getting close-ups. In fact Nels did a lot of work with the Gilliece bridge from those photos and we appreciate his work very much.

Renton Public Library
Posted March 25, 2013, by Nathan Holth (form3 [at] historicbridges [dot] org)

By the way, Frank Lloyd Wright was in truth a bridge designer because of the Sylvan Drive Bridge...


Renton Public Library
Posted March 24, 2013, by K. A. Erickson

I thought about adding this before. I was there the other day dropping off books.

You might want to add "Doomed" to the list of categories.

This library may or may not exist in present form in the future. There is a 13.1 million dollar plan to build a new library or renovate this in a totally different design. There is much acrimony.

The City of Renton in the midst of the Great Recession would have reduced hours or closed their libraries if not for a ballot to join with King County's system. The vote was close ... I want to say 50 some votes separated the yeas from nays. The wrangling continues to this day ...

Renton Public Library
Posted March 24, 2013, by Anonymous

As taken from Wikipedia: "A bridge is a structure built to span physical obstacles such as a body of water, valley, or road, for the purpose of providing passage over the obstacle."

Renton Public Library
Posted March 24, 2013, by Julie (Jbowerz1)

Clark, I was going to say refer to that great architectural marvel. But if we made bridges into buildings, like the b. b. comer over the Tennessee river.

Renton Public Library
Posted March 24, 2013, by Clark Vance (cvance [at] dogmail [dot] com)

So Frank Lloyd Wright would be a bridge designer because of Falling Water?

Renton Public Library
Posted March 24, 2013, by Julie (Jbowerz1 [at] gmail [dot] com)

Boulder library is also over a creek. I don't think they qualify as bridges because they get tax credits!!!

Renton Public Library
Posted March 24, 2013, by Don Morrison

This fits the "covered" bridge category too . . . .