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Henry and Elizabeth Kirn Memorial Library

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1959–1962, Lublin, McGaughy and Associates. 301 E. City Hall Ave.
  • Henry and Elizabeth Kirn Memorial Library (Richard Guy Wilson)

A key part of downtown Norfolk's postwar redevelopment was the creation of a new central research library to replace the aging Carnegie library on Freemason Street. Although the Kirn is starkly modern in appearance and materials, its exterior is organized in a classicizing manner that harmonizes effectively with the MacArthur Memorial across the street and the nearby Monticello Arcade.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


What's Nearby


Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Henry and Elizabeth Kirn Memorial Library", [Norfolk, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 415-415.

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