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About this Item

Title
Los Angeles Public Library, 630 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA
Contributor Names
Historic American Buildings Survey, creator
Goodhue, Bertram Grosvenor
Winslow, Carleton Monroe
Rand, Marvin, photographer
Ware, Bob, photographer
McCoy, Esther, historian
Giebner, Robert C, historian
Westfall, Stanley A, field team
Lentz, Jeffrey B, field team
Udell, Simon M, field team
Mackenzie, James A, field team
Kliwinski, Leonard M, delineator
Los Angeles Public Library, sponsor
Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, sponsor
Blydenburgh, Jeffrey, project manager
Chattel, Robert, project manager
Shivers, Natalie, project assistant
Knox, Mellon, project assistant
Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, contractor
Created / Published
Documentation compiled after 1933
Subject Headings
-  libraries
-  public buildings
-  education
-  California -- Los Angeles County -- Los Angeles
Latitude / Longitude
34.050671,-118.255196
Notes
-  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.
-  Unprocessed Field note material exists for this structure: FN-230
-  Survey number: HABS CA-1937
-  Building/structure dates: 1926 Initial Construction
-  Building/structure dates: ca. 1982 Subsequent Work
-  National Register of Historic Places NRIS Number: 70000136
Medium
Photo(s): 21
Measured Drawing(s): 11
Data Page(s): 10
Photo Caption Page(s): 2
Call Number/Physical Location
HABS CAL,19-LOSAN,65-
Source Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Control Number
ca0235
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on images made by the U.S. Government; images copied from other sources may be restricted. http://www.loc.gov/rr/print/res/114_habs.html
Language
English
Online Format
image
pdf
Description
Photo(s): 21 | Measured Drawing(s): 11 | Data Page(s): 10 | Photo Caption Page(s): 2

Rights & Access

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Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue, Carleton Monroe Winslow, Esther McCoy, Robert C Giebner, Stanley A Westfall, Jeffrey B Lentz, et al., Rand, Marvin, and Bob Ware, photographer. Los Angeles Public Library, 630 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA. California Los Angeles Los Angeles County, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/ca0235/.

APA citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, C., Goodhue, B. G., Winslow, C. M., McCoy, E., Giebner, R. C., Westfall, S. A. [...] Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, C., Rand, M. & Ware, B., photographer. (1933) Los Angeles Public Library, 630 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA. California Los Angeles Los Angeles County, 1933. Documentation Compiled After. [Photograph] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/ca0235/.

MLA citation style:

Historic American Buildings Survey, Creator, et al., photographers by Rand, Marvin, and Bob Ware. Los Angeles Public Library, 630 West Fifth Street, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA. Documentation Compiled After. Photograph. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/ca0235/>.

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