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Art Department, Los Angeles Public Library
Alternative Title
Los Angeles Public Library Institutional Photo Collection;
Mott Studios
Contributing Institution
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 Art Department at Los Angeles Central Library. Shelving units are visible along the perimeter of the department as well as a card catalog drawer. Several wooden tables and chairs sit empty, except for the lone woman, possibly a librarian, who appears toward the right of the room. A "loft" can be seen at the rear of the department, with a stairway on the left.
1 photographic print :b&w ;18 x 25 cm. on sheet 21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Los Angeles Public Library Institutional Collection;
LAPL_IPC_b010_f2; S-000-595 4x5; A-001-726 4x5; A-002-281.11 4x5
Los Angeles Public Library.--Art and Music Dept
Los Angeles Public Library
Library buildings--California--Los Angeles
Library shelving--California--Los Angeles
Libraries--California--Los Angeles
Books--California--Los Angeles
Winslow, Carleton M.,1919-
Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor,1869-1924

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