Forum Journal (Summer 2013) Iconic Urban Buildings - Libraries

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This slide show is enhanced content for the Summer 2013 Forum Journal (Preservation in the City). To learn more about Preservation Leadership Forum and how you can become a member visit: http://www.preservationnation.org/forum

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Forum Journal (Summer 2013) Iconic Urban Buildings - Libraries

  1. 1. Public LibrariesEnhanced Content:Iconic Urban Buildings
  2. 2. Once considered cities’ great centers ofknowledge and beacons of public good, urban,historic public libraries face several 21st centurythreats:• Upgrades to materials conservationtechnology often require specificphysical space and temperaturecontrols that require difficultadaptations• Widespread government cuts to publiclibrary budgets affect ability tomaintain the building• Low-scale buildings occupy valuablereal estate space surrounded byskyscrapersThe Chicago Public Library (1897) was rehabilitated in1994 for useas a cultural center which offers free music, dance and theaterevents, films, lectures, and art exhibitions. Read the full story here.Photos: Michigan Avenue facade, Darius Bryjka; Tiffany glassdome, Lindsey Wallace.Challenges
  3. 3. Left: The Washington Public Library (a 1903 Carnegie Library) was rehabilitated in 2003 to house theCity Museum, now the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and features a research library andexhibit space. Read the full story here. Photo: Lindsey WallaceRight: The Main Library building (1917) in San Francisco was rehabilitated in 2003 for the Asian ArtMuseum, one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian Art in the world. Read the full storyhere. Photo: Kaz Tsuruta“A library outranks any other one thing a community can do to benefit its people. It is a neverfailing spring in the desert.”– Andrew Carnegie, Scottish-American industrialist and philanthropist of over 2,500 libraries worldwideCase Studies
  4. 4. The website of the American LibraryAssociation (ALA), the oldest andlargest library association in the worldfeatures many resources devoted to thephysical space of today’s publiclibraries.Urban Libraries Council (ULC), amembership organization of the leadingpublic library systems in the U.S. andCanada.Historic Districts Council’s Campaign tosave Carnegie libraries, focuses onNew York City’s five boroughs.Carnegie Libraries: A Future MadeBright, a Teaching with Historic PlacesLesson Plan offered through theNational Park Service.Brooklyn Public Library (1912- 1941) in Brooklyn, N.Y. , won aPartners in Preservation grant to restore its front doors in 2012.Read the full story here and here. Photo: Brooklyn Public LibraryAdditional Resources

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