Wednesday, December 12, 2012

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$70-MILLION & 2-YEAR RESTORATION
BRINGS 100-YEAR-OLD LIBRARY
BACK TO LIFE

When completed in 1912,
the Central Library gleamed like a jewel
in downtown St. Louis.

Funded by tycoon Andrew Carnegie
and conceived by Cass Gilbert
(designer of the U.S. Supreme Court building),
the new structure featured stone archways
and ceilings harking back to the Renaissance, 
magnificent stained glass windows,
bronze entrance gates, alabaster light fixtures,
plus cutting-edge technology like "book elevators"
and an air-washing system!

Like so many Carnegie urban libraries,
it had fallen into a shabby state.

But on it's 100th birthday, this past month,
the St. Louis Library's Central facility
has been completely restored to its 
resplendent and original beauty,
and beefed  up with WiFi and internet cables.

Best of all, the books have been re-shelved,
oak tables and chairs restored, and
this grand jewel shines once again.

7 comments:

  1. I've always loved libraries, this is beautiful.
    There are places that emanate peace ...
    Good photos Rick.
    A big hug.

    What book are you reading?

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  2. Unas vistas y detalles preciosos Rick, un lugar bellísimo. Un gran abrazo para ti amigo Rick

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  3. C'est, certainement, par sa grandeur et son style, un lieu unique. On se croirait dans un temple ou une église. En tout état de cause, c'est au moins, un temple du savoir qui impose le respect. Belle série de photos.
    Je te souhaite une bonne fin de journée, Rick.

    Amicalement

    Roger

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  4. So beautiful!Fortunately this library was recovered. Love to see it, specially the stained glass windows.xx







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  5. And what would be your favorite genre to read?

    I hope you had a good day today :)

    Happy 12/12/2012

    xxx

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  6. What wonderful photos!
    and spectacular library; wanted to be near a place like this, is sublime!
    hugs!

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  7. Beautiful library! Thanks for sharing.

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