The entire community is invited to commemorate the illustrious 100-year history of Central Library with special programs and opportunities for individual involvement beginning September 1-mid-October.
Located on land donated by beloved Hoosier poet James Whitcomb Riley, the original limestone building at 40 E. St. Clair Street was designed by Paul Cret and dedicated on October 7, 1917. It arose from the need to expand beyond the crowded and inadequate conditions at a building the Library had occupied at Ohio and Meridian Streets since 1893.
The Cret Building, whose architectural features are highlighted by its classic Greek Doric exterior and interior ceiling mural painted in oil on small canvases, received acclaim from such national publications as Architectural Forum which, in 1918, proclaimed Central Library as "the most beautiful secular building in the United States, if not the most beautiful secular building produced in modern times."
Central Library expanded in 2007 with a six-story glass and steel-framed addition designed by Evans Woollen that gently embraces the Cret Building and provides a complementary bridge between the traditional and modern library. In 2016, Elle Decor magazine included Central Library in its list of the "50 Best Libraries in America."
Individuals of all ages will have a variety of opportunities to participate in Central Library's 100-year anniversary.
We look forward to hosting you.
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