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LAPL Central Library construction, early n.w. corner
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Security Pacific National Bank 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.
The Los Angeles Public Library is shown during the construction phase in June 1925. This photo was taken from the corner of 5th and Flower streets and shows the northwest corner of the building. The structure is almost complete with the tower beginning to take shape at the top. Several cars are parked in a lot to the right of the library, and an apartment house is visible on the extreme left, which also has a small parking lot adjacent to it. Photograph dated: June 12, 1925.
1 photographic print :b&w ;14 x 25 cm. on sheet 21 x 26 cm.
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Security Pacific National Bank Collection
A-002-704 4x5; L.A.-Libraries-LAPL-Central Library-Construction.
Los Angeles Public Library
Central Library (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Building construction--California--Los Angeles
Apartment houses--California--Los Angeles
Library buildings--California--Los Angeles
Building sites--California--Los Angeles
Automobiles--California--Los Angeles
Libraries--California--Los Angeles
Apartment hotels--California--Los Angeles
Winslow, Carleton M.,1919-
Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor,1869-1924
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)

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