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Title
LAPL Central Library construction, view 61
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Date Created and/or Issued
1925
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Description
Title supplied by cataloger.
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 61: The Los Angeles Public Library is shown during the construction phase in August 1925. This photo was taken from the corner of 5th and Flower streets and shows the northwest corner of the building. The structure, which is partially covered with scaffolding, is almost complete with the tower beginning to take shape at the top. The wooden "roller coaster" next to the tower is actually scaffolding which has a type of ramp, making it easier to transport the wooden beams that the tower requires. Several cars are parked in a lot to the right of the library, and a mesh of trolley lines are visible overhead along 5th Street. Photograph dated: August 31, 1925.
Type
Image
Format
1 photographic print :b&w ;18 x 24 cm. on sheet 21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Identifier
00084854
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Libraries-LAPL-Central Library-Construction.; A-002-093.61 4x5
CARL0004765040
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/112965
Subject
Central Library (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Public Library
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Building construction--California--Los Angeles
Library buildings--California--Los Angeles
Building sites--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Libraries--California--Los Angeles
Scaffolding
Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor,1869-1924
Winslow, Carleton M.,1919-
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)

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