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John P. McGovern–Stella Link Branch Library

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2005, Bailey Architects. 7405 Stella Link Rd.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

The McGovern–Stella Link Branch is the Houston public library system's prototype for a new generation of branch libraries that seek to attract young readers by seeming more like a franchise bookstore with a Wi-Fi coffee bar attached than merely a repository for books.

Indicative of new public investment intended to renew the middle-income identity of these 1950s neighborhoods is the City of Houston's scintillating Linkwood Community Center of 2002 at 3699 Norris Street by Bricker Cannady Architects, for which Mark Wamble was designer.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "John P. McGovern–Stella Link Branch Library", [Houston, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 348-349.

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