Friday, September 24, 2010

Lincoln Heights Library





Second oldest library in LA. 1916, or thereabouts. Yes, it really is a crescent.

On my way to Spring Street.

24 comments:

Petrea said...

That's pretty. I've never seen it. I love all libraries, but especially those older ones with a touch of grace about them. Have you been inside?

Wayne said...

What a gem?

The things I learn from tuning in to Altadena Hiker!!!

Mister Earl said...

That's neat. I've never seen it either, but every now and then I drive home from work that way, but I see that I go up Daly Street, just a block from there. What were you doing over there, just doing the "Library Tour"?

altadenahiker said...

Doesn't it strike you as Midwest? In the west the banks look like churches, but in the midwest, the libaries look like churches; chapels, anyway.

Nope, never been inside. But on my way to the current contract, I'm stopping along the way to check out everything I never thought I had the time to see.

B SQUARED said...

Looks like anything but a library.

Jean Spitzer said...

New to me. Love the window shot, with its reflections and complications.

Christine said...

Beautiful building. Would love to see the inside.

Brenda's Arizona said...

I have to find out more about it. It does not look like the kind of library that has patrons on cell phones, drinking slurpees and eating burgers while sitting at the tables (this describes our local library).

I want Lincoln Heights Library to be perfect! Nice showcase, AH!

Brenda's Arizona said...

Ahhh, now I see. A Carnegie Library, in the classical revival style. But I still don't want the public messin' it up!

Bec said...

Great photos . . . I love libraries. On my tour of our new neighborhood with my daughter, we made sure to check out our library

Susan Campisi said...

I've never seen this library either. They should post your photos on the LA public library site:
http://www.lapl.org/branches/Branch.php?bID=2

Yours are much prettier.

"But on my way to the current contract, I'm stopping along the way to check out everything I never thought I had the time to see."

What a great way to add some interest to the workweek.

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altadenahiker said...

this whole neighborhood fascinates me. You can tell it was at least upper middle class back in the day. Way, way, way back in the day. It has fallen on -- I don't know if hard times is the right description, but certainly harder ones.

I'm going to try to drop by a get some shots of the inside today. Because, lucky me, I'll be at work.

Mister Earl said...

There's a club called The Airliner on North Broadway north side of the street between Avenue 24 and Daly, not far from this library. It looks kind of interesting. A few years ago a friend of mine wanted to go there because there was a swing band playing there. The band cancelled, so we never went.

Anonymous said...

Lucky you on Workman Street.

BaysideLife said...

Nice exterior. Hope there's some rich, dark wood paneling inside. Our library in RI was built of local stone and had the most lovely wood paneling and soft chairs. Lots of dust. I loved that place.

patti said...

Our library was founded by an abolitionist dude. In 1848 or something. And he made the by laws so anyone, regardless of color, could use the library for free.

Amy said...

Sneak in and take photos!

It's been an embarassing amount of time since I've been in a library.

Anonymous said...

Notre Dame.

Paula said...

I wouldn't know what to do with a library that majestic. I hope the neighborhood appreciates it.

altadenahiker said...

Oh, they do. More so than almost any other neighborhood I've seen. Since I have the pleasure of working downtown seven days in a row, I'll take some photos out and about Lincoln Heights tomorrow. I think I'd call the area "working class," and I'm beginning to think they're very hard working indeed.

Petrea said...

I look forward to your photos of the neighborhood. Maybe some of the library's interior? You probably don't have time for a library break while you're working. Seven days a week? Jeez.

I think Pasadena's main library is as pretty as this one. Maybe not as big, but it's pretty. And some of the smaller Carnegie libraries dotted throughout the country attempt majesty in their petiteness. I appreciate Carnegie so much for what he did for small town libraries. We have so many lovely little structures thanks to him.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carnegie_library

I've seen many beautiful libraries and grew up with a gorgeous one in my home town in Illinois. I love libraries, but especially when the architecture makes an attempt to speak to the grandeur of the ideas stored within.

Sorry, I just got up.

Virginia said...

I love a good "biberry" as my granddaughter use to say.
Sorry I"ve been out of pocket. Where on earth have I been? No clue, but I"ll be back.
V

TheChieftess said...

Great pics of a beautiful library!!!