Other political/economic ramifications notwithstanding (see: did we really have to lose a building for this?), the new downtown branch of the St. Louis Public Library, dubbed "Central Express," opened on Wednesday in the Old Post Office building on Olive St. Its hours are M-F, 8 a.m.-6 p.m., and offerings are of the streamlined, mini-branch variety, including popular fiction/nonfiction and DVDs, CDs and books on CD.
As the librarians say, "Check it out!"
by Amanda Doyle on Fri., Sep 15, 2006 at 10:05 AM
holy cow! you mean they didn't tear it down and put up a parking lot?! (sorry for the Joni Mitchell reference, but that was the original plan, if i'm not mistaken).
its good to see that we're actually renewing our present buildings. i was actually watching Eddie Izzard's "Dress To Kill" last night, and his bit about being from Europe, "You know, where all the history comes from..." had me thinking about how quick we are to dispose of any building- soundly constructed or not- that's more than 50 years old. Its sad, really, considering that most of what was built in this city 100 or even 200 years ago is in just as good of shape, if not better, than some buildings buit just within the last 20 years. Look at any of the various warehouses along Washington that are less than 50 years old compared to the old courthouse or the Old Cathedral. Granted, the aesthetic of the older buildings are better, merely because they've been kept up, but the integrity of the newer buildings show that they're not as well constructed.
Oh well. I kind of went off on a tangent there... sorry. But its good to see that these older buildingas are getting a new lease on life.
[Posted by tyson
on Fri., Sep 15, 2006 at 10:57 AM]
I think you're missing the sarcastic, between-the-lines point, Tyson. The Century Building was needlessly demolished in the name of "saving" the Old Post Office. See http://www.eco-absence.org/stl/century/
[Posted by Brian Marston
on Fri., Sep 15, 2006 at 11:43 AM]
"Look at any of the various warehouses along Washington that are less than 50 years old"
Just off hand, I can't think of one.
[Posted by publiceye
on Mon., Sep 18, 2006 at 10:38 AM]