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LAPL Central Library construction, view 68
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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.
View 68: Photograph shows the construction of the Los Angeles Public Library, located at 630 W. Fifth Street; view is looking east. This photo was taken from 5th and Flower streets and shows the northwest corner of the building as well as gray clouds looming overhead. The structure is entirely covered with scaffolding, and the tower has been completed at the top. The dark building visible in the background on the left is the Biltmore Hotel; the large white building on the right is the Bible Institute, later to become Church of the Open Door/Biola Institute, located at 555 S. Hope Street. Photograph dated: November 2, 1925.
1 photographic print :b&w ;20 x 24 cm. on sheet 21 x 26 cm.
Photographic prints
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
A-002-093.68 4x5; L.A.-Libraries-LAPL-Central Library-Construction.
Central Library (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Church of the Open Door (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Bible Institute of Los Angeles
Los Angeles Public Library
Millennium Biltmore Hotel (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Building construction--California--Los Angeles
Church buildings--California--Los Angeles
Library buildings--California--Los Angeles
Libraries--California--Los Angeles
Hotels--California--Los Angeles
Winslow, Carleton M.,1919-
Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor,1869-1924
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)

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