A Blog detailing the beauty of St. Louis architecture and the buildup of residue-or character-that accumulates over the course of time.
It seems to me that all or many of the libraries in the city were molded from the same style, almost as if they followed a specific form. This one really resembles the library in Soulard, and the one near Lafayette and Jefferson.
Since they were Carnegie- financed, I’d wager that there were “stock” plans from the charity and they depended on the lot size donated by a city and the population in the surrounding area (number of books stocked).
I used to study a lot in the Lafayette/Jefferson branch back in ’58-9 when a student at SLU. This was before the Pius XII library was built; the old SLU library was just tiny and the campus was so small that it was pretty impossible to find a quiet area to think.
Another one I frequented was the elegant and small (and newer) branch down on South Grand near Utah; it reminded me of my original hometown Kirkwood Library.
Is the original Divoli branch used for anything? It still looks “intact” and cared-for.
I think the architectural uniformity came from the fact they were all built around the same time, at the height of the Beaux-Arts movement.
It is now the Library Service Center for the Public Schools, whatever that is.
Still looks rock solid…glad its being used for something!!
I was wondering.if 1400 Bremen st in Hyde Park the longest example of row housing in st louis?
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