Dec. 10: Students present small-town, library designs


PULLMAN, Wash. – New uses for historic rock houses in LaCrosse, Wash., and ideas for Little Free Library boxes in small towns on the Palouse will be discussed in a free, public presentation by Washington State University fourth-year interior design students 4-6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, in the Carpenter Hall second-floor gallery.

Rock houses in LaCrosse, below, and one of the designs incorporating them, above.

rock-houses-550Proposed projects for the stone buildings include a bed and breakfast, visitor center and geology museum, youth and senior center, microbrewery, agricultural education center and arts center. Students worked with LaCrosse Community Pride and other community members. Learn more at!lacrosse-wa-rock-houses/c172a.

Designs and scale models of Little Free Libraries ( will be presented for the towns of Albion, Palouse, Uniontown, Tekoa, Rosalia and Colfax. Students worked with Whitman County Rural Library District librarians and community members. Learn more at!current-projects/c1nzx.

Students were supported by the Rural Communities Design Initiative ( and the WSU Center for Civic Engagement. Contact Kathleen Ryan for more information at