Modern Library Storage & Historical Architecture Combine at St. Louis Public Library
Built over a hundred years ago and located in the heart of the city’s vibrant downtown, the St. Louis Central Library’s architecture has been a “must-visit” for visitors all over the world. Cass Gilbert, the library’s architect, was famous for Manhattan’s Woolworth Building and Washington DC’s United States Supreme Court Building—and the Italian Renaissance style he favored can be seen in the beautiful library’s elaborate construction.
The library was big on history—but small on remodeling throughout the years. The city realized the building needed some help—there were several safety issues and fire hazards, gaps in the floor allowing sight down to the bottom level, and other structural issues. In addition, the building’s close proximity to a river reinforced the need to prevent any damage in the case of seismic activity—the current building would be unstable and dangerous in the event that an earthquake did take place.