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Coastal Engineering Company of Orleans Cape Cod
Sturgis Library 1

Sturgis Library

Constructed in 1644 for the Reverend John Lothrop, founder of Barnstable, the house which forms the original part of Sturgis Library is the oldest library building in the United States. The building is also one of the oldest houses remaining on Cape Cod and the oldest structure still standing in America where religious services were regularly held. Today, Sturgis Library is a national treasure listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Coastal Engineering Company provided engineering services for building and site improvements, addressing stormwater runoff ponding issues, site access, parking, and structural repairs.


  • Existing conditions survey
  • Civil engineering design for improvements to site layout, parking, drainage, hardscape and landscape
  • Stormwater drainage system design
  • Structural evaluation report with general repair recommendations for wood and steel framing, foundations, foundation waterproofing, and chimney masonry