Adding something new to something old to the Jamaica Plain Branch Library has been a wild success, aside from the Copley Square main branch, it is most used library in Boston. And recently the Boston Preservation Alliance honored the South Street branch for its renovations. "On this, the 40th Anniversary of the Alliance and the 30th year we've awarded projects, an emphasis on neighborhoods which percolated up from our nominees collectively exemplify what is central to Boston's success: historic places working in harmony with new construction throughout the city's neighborhoods," says Boston Preservation Alliance's website about the awards. Renovations of the library originally built in 1911 starting in 2015 and the library reopened May 2017. The Boston Preservation Alliance described how the renovations successfully mixed the new with the old:
The new addition reinstated a prominent entry sequence to the library, but the rest of the building needed a major update as well and this was completed with the utmost sympathy to its history.