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History Department interior, Los Angeles Public Library
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Los Angeles Public Library Legacy Photo Collection
Mott Studios
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Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
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Central Library, located at 630 W. 5th Street in downtown Los Angeles, was designed by architects Bertram G. Goodhue and Carlton M. Winslow. Constructed between 1922-1926, it was designed to mimic the architecture of ancient Egypt, complete with a tiled mosaic pyramid tower and many beautiful murals throughout. Tragic fires in 1986 destroyed part of the building along with 20 percent of the library's collection, prompting a closure for 6 years while restoration took place. The renovation was completed in 1993, and the library reopened on October 3, 1993. The Los Angeles Public Library is the third largest public library in the United States in terms of books and periodical holdings, boasting over 6 million volumes. It was added to the National Register of Historical Places in 1970 - Building #70000136.
Interior view of the History Department, at Los Angeles Central Library; view is looking toward the Map Room. Several tall lamps are positioned atop tables throughout the department, as well as at the reference desk. Note the colorful ceiling beams and checkerboard floor. The History Department was previously known as the Reference Room - which was the largest reading room of the library. Today, there are over 200,000 volumes in the history book collection with especially strong collections in biography, travel, and wars involving the United States, the West, Native Americans, and Los Angeles area history.
1 photographic print :b&w ;26 x 11 cm. on board 28 x 21 cm.
Photographic prints
Los Angeles Public Library Legacy Collection
C-5(506) 4x5 (Additional print); A-008-125 4x5
Los Angeles Public Library.--History Dept
Los Angeles Public Library
Decoration and ornament, Architectural--California--Los Angeles
History materials--California--Los Angeles
Library buildings--California--Los Angeles
Libraries--California--Los Angeles
Libraries--United States--History
Winslow, Carleton M.,1919-
Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor,1869-1924

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