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When the Los Angeles Central Public Library, designed by Bertram G. Goodhue, opened in 1926 it instantly became a gleaming tribute to knowledge, art and architecture. Enhanced by major restoration and expansion efforts completed in 1993, the building’s design is an evocative blend of ancient cultures ’ Egypt, Rome, Byzantium, and various Islamic civilizations ’ as well as Spanish Colonial and other revival styles.

Inside and out, the California History Murals, vividly painted ceilings, ornamental fences, grilles and gates, inventive stairways and fountains, and imposing statuary intrigue the eye at every turn. The new Bradley Wing, designed by the firm of Hardy, Holtzman and Pfeiffer, is as playful as it is inspiring. The massive light-filled atrium, one gateway to the library’s exhaustive collections, is accented with unique lanterns and chandeliers, beckoning all visitors to learning and light.

Location: 630 West 5th Street

Hours: Monday-Thursday: 10am-8pm / Friday & Saturday: 10am-6pm / Sunday: 1pm-5pm



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