of Los Angeles, Cultural Affairs Commission, 2003 Architectural
the historic Pico-Union neighborhood, the community requested that
the building design respond to the turn of the century building
type and style predominant throughout their area. The design recreates
a Carnegie Library prototype with traditional reading rooms set
behind a formal monumental brick and clay tile building form.
building is set back from the dense street trees with a decorative
plaza and formal stairs leading to an arched entry porch. The facade
features a triple arched entry porch at the center of the main mass
and smaller decorative view windows at the axis of each room.
the interior a lobby leads through arches to a traditional book
lined main reading space with a large central skylight and built-in
computer work carrels. Arched openings lead to each of three separate
beamed reading rooms for Teens, Children and Adults and rear stack
room. Each room opens onto a tiled courtyard with seating and specimen