St. Louis Central Library on The World’s Most Beautiful Libraries list

ST. LOUIS – The first editions of well-known works are hidden in the St. Louis Central Library.

Some of the first editions are by Andrea Palladio and Leon Battista Alberti. Two authors who changed the way people thought about architecture in the 1400s and 1500s. There are also etchings in the first edition by Piranesi. The same etchings were once owned by the House of Lords in England.

All of these unique pieces are stored in the library on Olive Street through double doors that are under a broken gable. These details put the library on the Daily Beast’s list of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

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The central library was opened in 1912. Andrew Carnegie donated $ 1 million to St. Louis for its libraries in 1901.

“In my opinion, it would be a huge mistake to spend a million dollars on a central library building. The best way to reach the masses is through branch libraries, and the central building is much less important than before, ”Carnegie wrote in his letter announcing the gift. “The buildings should be dignified but not decorated. The building is just the frame; The treasures of a library are within us. “

Eight architecture firms then applied for the contract. Cass Gilbert prevailed. Gilbert is the architect of the St. Louis Art Museum, which was named the Palace of Fine Arts during the 1904 World’s Fair.

The library was under construction from April 1, 1908 to January 1, 1912.

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