At last! After two-and-a-half years, $70 million and a few tantalizing glimpses, the Central Library will re-open on Sunday, December 9, less than two weeks away. The 101-year-old building, designed by its original architect Cass Gilbert to resemble a Renaissance palazzo, had been entirely gutted and then reassembled and rearranged for the twenty-first century. It also received a good scrubbing.
Kevin A. Roberts of St. Louis Magazine has created a video tour of the new and improved library, narrated by its executive director, Waller McGuire. And now, after seeing this, we're even more impatient to get in there and take a look around for ourselves.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club
Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.
Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.
Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.