(See my previous posts first: One good kipper and a visit to the Central Library – Part One and Interior snapshots of Richard Riordan Central Library – Part Two)
Maguire Gardens, designed by Lawrence Halprin and completed in 1988, was inspired by Bertram Goodhue’s original ideas. Previously a parking lot, the gardens are now extended all the way out to meet Flower Street.
Looking from the library steps out to Flower Street. Look closely, you can see the reflection of the library and the Biltmore tower behind it in the building across the street.
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Building in the center is Library Tower, also known as US Bank, as of this writing the tallest building west of Chicago at 73 floors. The developers, Maguire Thomas, were able to buy the rights to build at this height when the Central Library sold its air rights in order raise money for the renovation and extension of the library building.
More views of the garden. Click on image to start the slideshow:
The inscription reads (in part):
The World Peace Bell is an internationally recognized symbol of world peace. The bell is cast from coins and medals donated by 103 countries and represents a common bond among the nations of the world.
View from Maguire Gardens of Westin Bonaventure Hotel. Built in the mid 1970s it is still the largest hotel in LA… but for how long? The glass elevators were quite the innovation when it was first built.
At some point in the future my camera and I will be wandering around the exterior of the library building to take some shots of all the wonderful details. Don’t know when that will happen but it’s on my long long long long list of things to do.
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