In a renovation reputedly inspired by the modernism of Edward Durrell Stone, architect of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., the Baskervill firm entombed Richmond's handsome Art Deco library inside a behemoth of glass and cast stone. What could they have been thinking of? The blocky, two-story exterior columns are short on gracefulness, but they do pick up the delightful rhythm of attached town houses of Linden Row across the street. Penetrate this forbidding exterior to find encased the original library building, a Greco-Deco structure. The original entrance hall, now the lobby of the art and music section, retains travertine walls and a plaster ceiling, testimony to a better time for architecture.
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