Los Angeles Public Library, 630 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA
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Documentation compiled after 1933.
Survey number HABS CA-1937
Unprocessed field note material exists for this structure (FN-230).
Building/structure dates: 1926 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1982 subsequent work
Significance: Designed by noted architect Bertram G. Goodhue, in 1924, the Los Angeles Public Library shows influences from the beaux-arts, the art deco idiom of the time, and of the California missions. Along with Goodhue's Nebraska State Capitol of the same period, the building takes design elements from various periods, but is overall an extremely original, effective composition. Arts were integrated into the design in the form of sculpture, tile and terr-cotta work, and mosaics. / The Los Angeles Public Library, designed by Bertram Goodhue (1924) with Carlton M. Winslow, Sr. as supervising architect, combines Beaux Arts elements with plain surfaces and detailing. The building is particularly noted for its pleasant park setting, and oasis in the midst of Central City's high rise development. It rises from this park to its pyramidal capped central tower which is finished with shimmering mosaic suns on blue backgrounds. Within, the severe forms of the domed rotunda are relieved by the large painted murals and stencil work. The building abounds in stylized Egyptian sculpture and wall paintings.
Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor
Winslow, Carleton Monroe
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
1. GENERAL VIEW, LOOKING SE FROM CORNER OF WEST FIFTH AND SOUTH FLOWER STS.
2. GENERAL VIEW, LOOKING SW FROM ACROSS WEST FIFTH ST.
3. EAST SIDE, FROM CORNER OF SOUTH GRAND AND WEST FIFTH STS.
4. DISTANT VIEW, EAST SIDE, FROM ACROSS SOUTH GRAND
5. EAST SIDE, FROM GROUNDS
6. SE CORNER WING
7. GENERAL VIEW, WEST ELEVATION
8. CLOSE VIEW, WEST ELEVATION
9. AXIAL VIEW, WEST ELEVATION
10. INTERIOR, ROTUNDA DOME
11. CHANDELIER, ROTUNDA DOME
BASEMENT LEVEL, LOOKING SOUTH
BASEMENT LEVEL, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
STREET LEVEL, LOOKING SOUTHWEST
STREET LEVEL, CEILING LIGHT FIXTURE
STREET LEVEL, MEMORIAL BELL AND PLAQUE, LOOKING NORTH
ROTUNDA LEVEL, LOOKING WEST
ROTUNDA LEVEL, LOOKING SOUTHWEST AT ROTUNDA OPENING
THIRD LEVEL, LANDING LOOKING NORTHWEST
MEZZANINE AND THIRD LEVELS, TYPICAL CEILING LIGHT FIXTURE
ALL LEVELS, TYPICAL WALL SCONCE
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