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LAPL Central Library construction, foundation
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Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Hughes, W.A
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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.
Photograph shows excavated site of the former Los Angeles State Normal School, and future site of the Los Angeles Public Library. The area has been dug out for the foundation and work is well under way. Several people can be seen scattered about, along deep trenches. The dark building visible in the background is the Biltmore Hotel; view is looking east. Photograph dated: November 26, 1924.
1 photographic print :b&w ;18 x 25 cm. on sheet 21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Libraries-LAPL-Central Library-Construction
Millennium Biltmore Hotel (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Central Library (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Public Library
Construction and demolition debris--California--Los Angeles
Building construction--California--Los Angeles
Construction workers--California--Los Angeles
Library buildings--California--Los Angeles
Building sites--California--Los Angeles
Foundations--California--Los Angeles
Hotels--California--Los Angeles
Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor,1869-1924
Winslow, Carleton M.,1919-
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)

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