Dome Work Updates

Updated March 29, 2023

Thank you for your interest in the Lake Forest Library dome. This blog post will be updated as repair work on the dome progresses.

Pictured: The Library Board and Staff, WJE, and L. Marshall team.

  • In December 2021, the Lake Forest Library Board approved a Professional Services Agreement with Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE) for investigation and design services for the repair and restoration of the dome.
  • In May 2022, the City of Lake Forest Historic Preservation Commission issued a Certificate of Appropriateness for the dome solution presented by WJE.
  • And in November 2022, the Library Board agreed to follow WJE’s recommendation and enter into a contract with L. Marshall Roofing & Sheet Metal to complete the dome repair project. The photo shows the Library Board and Staff, WJE, and L. Marshall team.

Updates are posted below.


  • Installation of exterior scaffolding began March 9.
  • The east and west courtyards will remain closed throughout the dome work.
  • Six parking spots in the far back of the Library lot will be used for construction staging throughout the dome work.
  • Work hours will be 7:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • The dome will not be removed during repair. Architects and contractors will be lifting the tarp to work on sections of the dome at a time. That way, watertightness can best be maintained throughout the project.

February 2023

  • We are awaiting permit approval from the City. At the February 14 Board Meeting, the Building Committee shared that WJE now has the approved building permit. On-site work is expected to begin in March 2023. Patrons can expect scaffolding and construction to have minimal impact on library services and building access.
  • At this time, it is expected that the Rotunda murals will remain in place throughout the dome work. Their restoration is being explored after the dome work is complete.

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