San Juan Capistrano Library
Orange County Public Library
Large main courtyard, with surrounding adult section of library (looking south towards entrance facade); Sited near the mission church, the library repeats elements of the Spanish Colonial architecture in simplified, blocky forms. Grave's distinctive $1.6 million design was chosen over 140 others in an international competition. At the time that he received the contract for the library, it was his first public building commission. A dozen towers with pyramid-shaped tile roofs surround a courtyard that has a reflecting pool, lattice garden gazebos and Cypress trees. The library is divided into four major parts: the courtyard, the adult section, which surrounds the courtyard, a children's wing and an auditorium (named La Sala). A long narrow corridor with access to small rooms and reading nooks runs along the book stacks. It won Graves an award from the American Institute of Architects in 1985.
Type of Worklibrary (building)
architecture, contemporary (1960 to present), Twentieth century, Postmodern
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