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Central Library 20 Years Later


Saturday, October 05, 2013




Mark Taper Auditorium



Free and open to the public. Reservations not required. 


Central Library has been a Los Angeles icon since its dedication in 1926. With striking architecture and artwork both inside and out, it has served as a vital cultural institution with a renowned research collection. Despite these virtues, Central Library was threatened with demolition during Downtown's massive redevelopment in the 1960s/70s and suffered two devastating fires in 1986. From the ashes emerged a renovated and expanded Central Library, which was reopened to the residents of the city in October of 1993.

The Los Angeles Public Library will commemorate the 20th anniversary of the re-opening of Central Library with a discussion panel in the building’s Taper Auditorium on October 5, 2013 at 2:00pm.

Moderator Kenneth Breisch of the USC School of Architecture will lead the discussion with Margaret Bach (founding member and first president of the Los Angeles Conservancy, Kenon Breazeale (Cenral Library docent), Sheila Nash (Senior Librarian - Art, Music, & Recreation), Frank Rinaldi (Division Manager, Department of Public Works) and Betty Gay Teoman (former Director of Central Library Services).