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Title
Central Library tower
Alternative Title
Security Pacific National Bank Photo Collection
Creator
Mott Studios
Contributing Institution
Los Angeles Public Library
Collection
Los Angeles Public Library Photo Collection
Rights Information
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Description
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.
A photo of the exterior of the L.A. Central Library showing a portion of the building and the tower as seen from 5th St. On the wall under the tower are the words "David .. St. John". Part of the printing lower on the building reads: "They Give To All Who Ask ... Serve Them Faithfully."
Type
Image
Format
1 photograph :b&w
Photographic prints
Identifier
00043256
Security Pacific National Bank Collection
L.A.-Libraries-LAPL-Central Library-Tower
CARL0000046825
http://173.196.26.125/cdm/ref/collection/photos/id/101005
Subject
Central Library (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Los Angeles Public Library
Libraries--California--Los Angeles
Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monuments
Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor,1869-1924
Winslow, Carlton M
Downtown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, Calif.)

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