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Central Docents, Central Library


History of the Printed Word, Step-by-Step

November 04, 2014

The magnificent stairs at the Flower Street entrance of the Central Library have had several lives.   Originally designed by the library’s architect, Bertram Goodhue in 1926, they were plain steps between three pools of plants and cool water.


The Seven Centers Ceiling in the Main Lobby

Renee Petropoulos & The Seven Centers Ceiling

September 29, 2014

When you meet your docent in the main lobby of the Central Library, the first art piece you'll see is the vibrant mural overhead that spans the vaulted ceiling. Our daily, free, hour-long art and architecture tour starts right there.


Mural Image

The Man behind the Rotunda Murals

August 25, 2014

One of the most breathtaking stops on our daily Docent-led Art and Architecture Tours is the majestic Grand Rotunda, encircled by the pastel-toned murals by Dean Cornwell.   Eighty years after their unveiling, the 12 panels of scenes from California history still feel modern.  But


Rotunda

What Will You See on a Free Tour of Central Library?

August 03, 2014

The LAPL Docents invite you to a free tour of our magnificent library at 5th and Grand.


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