Thursday, August 27, 2009

1957 Public Library, Los Angeles, CA


The splendid Los Angeles Library costing $2,300,000, with seventeen reading rooms, a music room, art room, and lecture hall, gives specialized service to the appreciative public of Los Angeles. [From the back of the card]

Architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue designed the original Los Angeles Central Library to mimic the architecture of ancient Egypt. The central tower is topped with a tiled mosaic pyramid with suns on either side with a hand holding a torch representing the "Light of Learning" at the apex. Other elements include sphinxes, snakes, and celestial mosaics. [Thanks to Wikipedia! The entire Wikipedia entry for the LOS ANGELES LIBRARY, can be found here]

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