Cultural Projects


Albuquerque Museum - Phase I Expansion

Albuquerque Museum - Phase II Renovation

Farmington Gateway Museum

Farmington Nature Center

New Mexico Museum of Space History

New Mexico Veteran's Museum


City of Albuquerque Westside Library

Roswell Public Library

UNM Gallup Zollinger Library

Village of Cuba Public Library

Williams Memorial Library


Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church

“Rohde May Keller McNamara has not only been able to please these diverse groups, but have provided our community with an outstanding library design which is as functional as it is beautiful.  I have worked with a number of architects over my past twenty-five years in government, and I can state without hesitation that Rohde May Keller McNamara Architecture is the most professional and innovative architectural firm I have encountered.”


Siri Cooper

Assistant City Manager

City of Roswell



Architecture  |  Planning  |  Interiors

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The Roswell Public Library has been a cornerstone of Roswell culture since the city’s earliest days. In 1978 the existing flagstone, red tile roof and beige colored stucco building was constructed to replace a smaller, outdated facility. The existing library was organized upon a diagonal geometry that created a somewhat disorienting experience for patrons, particularly as the facility continued to overcrowd with expanding collections. The interior was characterized by relatively low drop ceilings and an institutional lighting scheme.  All functions were in need of expansion (well beyond the budget) so the most important program goal of the library’s expansion quickly became “maximize our space.”


The library expansion faced many challenges including working with an existing building on a relatively small site within a very tight construction budget. The project required organizing and planning significant building demolition, major renovations and new construction while maintaining library service operations and safe public access. During the 15 month construction period the Library never closed.


The resulting product is open, engaging, dynamic, has relieved much overcrowding, provides naturally lit entry and circulation areas and provides ample space for movement and small group discussions. Reading areas are identifiable from the exterior as ‘glass pavilions’ intersecting the existing flagstone and stucco building. On the interior, they are identified as inviting, light filled reading rooms with comfortable sitting areas.

Owner: City of Roswell

Location: Roswell, NM

Size: 15,000 SF additions, 23,000 SF renovations

Photos by Kirk Gittings