USA Today has included the St. Louis Public Library in a list of 25 must-see buildings in Missouri.
The St. Louis Public Library renovation proved to be a signature project for our firm and the City of St. Louis. As the USA Today piece states, “The Central Branch of the St. Louis Public Library is the crown jewel of the St. Louis Public Library systema and it was made possible through a donation from Andrew Carnegie. The library was designed by Architect Cass Gilbert and completed in 1907.
The original three-story building was designed in a Beaux-Arts style, referencing the Italian Renaissance palazzo and featured a ceremonial granite stair, a vaulted reception foyer, and a centrally located Great Hall, all surrounded by five wings – four dedicated to public reading rooms and the fifth, the north wing, to a multistory depository of books closed to the public. In 2012, a $70 million restoration designed by CannonDesign increased public space, modernized the library, restored the interiors and created a dramatic new north entry atrium lobby in the former book stack area.”
Congrats to everyone who worked on the STL Public Library project.