In this building, Graves, one of postmodernism's superstars, has created one of his typical cluster of building forms and pavilions around a courtyard remindful of his San Juan Capistrano (California) library. Characteristic Gravesian features of large gables, abstract pediments, bay windows, and a circular form, as well as his usual color palette, are intended to relate to a “traditional” neighborhood development across Duke Street on the site of a recently closed army depot. A series of differently shaped interior spaces provide an enlivening experience and also rooms for actually reading a book.
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Charles E. Beatley, Jr., Central Library
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