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LAPL Central Library construction, view 36
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Los Angeles Public Library Institutional Photo Collection
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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.
View 36: Photograph shows the construction of the Los Angeles Public Library, located at 630 W. Fifth Street; view is of the northwest corner. The structure is well under way and beginning to take shape as construction workers use thousands of pieces of plywood to make the frame. It appears the construction method being used is Balloon Framing, which was a method of wood construction used primarily in the United States up until the mid-1950s. This technique utilized long continuous framing studs that ran from the sill plate to eave line with intermediate floor structures nailed to them; wall sheathing, usually a plywood, was applied to the framing thus eliminating the need for scaffolds. Two men stand perilously on a large makeshift "ladder" along the side of the wooden frame, which they appear to be assembling. Rows of cars line both sides of 5th Street. Photograph dated: March 2, 1925.
1 photographic print :b&w ;17 x 24 cm. on sheet 21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Los Angeles Public Library Institutional Collection
LAPL_IPC_b002_2; A-002-093.36 4x5
Central Library (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Building construction--California--Los Angeles
Wooden-frame buildings--California--Los Angeles
Construction workers--California--Los Angeles
Library buildings--California--Los Angeles
Balloon framing--California--Los Angeles
Building sites--California--Los Angeles
Libraries--California--Los Angeles
Winslow, Carleton M.,1919-
Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor,1869-1924
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)

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