Saturday, December 8, 2012

A Small Renaissance

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The Central Branch of the St. Louis Public Library was built a century ago. It was designed in the Beaux Arts style by the prominent architect Cass Gilbert, whose other work includes the St. Louis Art Museum, the U. S. Supreme Court, the Woolworth Building in New York and the state capitols of Minnesota, Arkansas and West Virginia. The library is one of our city's most magnificent buildings.

Like any structure of that age, it had grown a bit musty. Library technology had surpassed its resources. Through a mix of public and private funds, it has gone through a loving two year restoration. The grand reopening is tomorrow and I plan to be there. I've heard it's a knockout.

I stopped by on my way home from work yesterday to get some night shots. Images of the public debut should start going up here on Monday.

Central Library 2012-12-07 1

Central Library 2012-12-07 2

5 comments:

s.c said...

I am wondering if there is an entrance for disabled people somewhere by looking at your pictures.

Birdman said...

Libraries have an allure, don't they?

William Kendall said...

That is a stunning building!

cieldequimper said...

Beautiful building and your photos enhance its beauty!

JM said...

Love the top shot! What a grand building.