Atlanta Central Public Library

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1977 - 1980

Project Types

Atlanta, GA USA


A., S.
ACCO - Eastern Material Handling Center
AIA Awards Programs
AIA Journal
AMC, Inc.
Abreu and Robeson, Inc.
Ackerman, Charles
Acoustics Noise Control Consultants
Adams and Rinehart, Inc.
Adams, G.
Aerial Photography Services, Inc.
Alexander, Rick
Allen, Frederick
Allen, Jeffrey
Allen, Tom

Allied Bronze
Almy, Fred
Alpana Aluminum Products, Inc.
American Institute of Architects
American Institute of Architects, Georgia Chapter
American Olean Tile Co.
Anderson, Tryst
Anthony, Linda
Apex Supply Company, Inc.
Architectural Record
Architectural Sign Systems
Art Metal, Inc.
Artis, Frederick
Asbury, Barbara
Atkinson Brothers Plastering Co.
Atlanta Art Papers
Atlanta Central Public Library
Atlanta Central Public Library Arts Committee
Atlanta Constitution
Atlanta Gazette
Atlanta Historical Society
Atlanta Journal
Atlanta Journal and Constitution Magazine
Atlanta Magazine, Inc.
Atlanta Testing and Engineering Co., Inc.
Atlanta Urban Design Commission
Audio-Visual Supply Corp.
B and B Electrical Supply Co., Inc.
B and S Electric Supply Company, Inc.
B and W Summers Electric Supply
Bailey, F.
Baker Audio Associates
Baker and Taylor Co.
Barnes, Gordon
Barnes, William
Barnett, William
Beamon, Lafayette
Beatty, George
Beckhard, Herbert
Bethlehem Steel
Bevins, Karl
Bishop, B.
Blaber, William
Blatchford, Fred
Bliss, Donald
Blythers, Willie
Boggus, Ernest
Booth, Charlie
Boutin, Jack
Bradberry, Karl
Brandir Enterprises, Inc.
Breuer, Marcel
Briscoe, Marc
Briskman, Norman
Brooks, Jim
Bruce Engineering Co.
Bryans, Raleigh
Building Inspection Department (Atlanta, GA)
Burdett, Lucien
Bureau of Accounting and Budget Administration (Atlanta, GA)
Bureau of Buildings (Atlanta, GA)
Bureau of Highways and Streets (Atlanta, GA)
Bureau of Planning (Atlanta, GA)
Bureau of Purchasing and Real Estate (Atlanta, GA)
Bureau of Traffic Engineering (Atlanta, GA)
Burke, Robert
Burnett, W.
Cable Sales, Inc.
Camp, Sidney
Carson, Lundin and Shaw
Carton, Katherine
Checkpoint Systems, Inc.
Chemetal Corporation
City of Atlanta
Clark, Robert
Clark/Robinson, Inc.
Clonts, Marion
Cobb, Paul
Coffin, Alex
Cold Spring Granite Co.
Concrete Manufacturing Co.
Cook, Al
Cooper Architectural Signs
Cost Management Consultants, Inc.
Crawford, Jack
Creative People Ltd.
Crimmins, Timothy
Crow, Marion
Crown, John
Cummings, Arthur
Curnyn, James
Cutler, Bill
D. D. R. International
Davis, Larry
DeSimone, S.
Deere, Walter
Delta Corporation/Piping Contractors, Inc.
Department of Community and Human Development (Atlanta, GA)
Department of Environment and Streets (Atlanta, GA)
Department of Law (Atlanta, GA)
Department of Parks, Libraries and Cultural Affairs (Atlanta, GA)
Designer Products Ltd.
Dewberry, Gary
Dickson, John
District of Columbia Public Library
Dixie Living
Draper, Gary
Drum, Tom
Duffy, David
Durkin, Vince
E. J. Roberts Co., Inc.
Edward Zekala and Associates
Egginton, Geoffrey
Egli and Gompf, Inc.
Electric Supply Co., Inc.
Elmer T. Hebert, Inc.
Emily and Ernest Woodruff Foundation
Estey Corporation
Exposaic Industries, Inc.
Farris, Mary
Faulk, Steven
Feiner, Shelly
Felton, Michael
Field, Linda
First National Bank (Atlanta, GA)
Fischbach and Moore, Inc.
Fleming Corp.
Floyd, David
Frank N. Giampietro Associates, Inc.
Friends of the Atlanta Public Library, Inc.
Funnye, Chester
G. F. Business Equipment, Inc.
Galvin, Hoyt
Gatje, Robert
George Hyman Construction Co.
George, Peter
Giampietro, Frank
Gibson, John
Gladin, Collier
Glass and Metal Erectors, Inc.
Gleckman, William
Gompf, Arthur
Gray, Jim
Graybar Electric Company, Inc.
H. E. Hodge Co., Inc.
H., C.
Hall, Jim
Hanley, Michael
Harris, Kerr, Forster and Company
Harrison, Eleanor
Hartline-Thomas, Inc.
Hauser Associates Inc.
Hawkins, Billy
Hellmuth, Obata and Kassabaum, Inc.
Hiatt, Fred
Hill, Douglas
Hodes, Bertie
Hodge, H.
Holmes, Nancy
Holmes, Steven
Homestead Fabrics, Inc.
Hood, Cameron
Howison, Jack
Hoyt Galvin and Associates
Hudson, Clark
Hughes, Bill
Hyman, George
I. M. Pei and Partners
Independent Insulating Glass/Southeast, Inc.
Inman, Suzanne
Instant Interiors, Inc.
Intercontinental Slate and Granite Corp.
Jackson, Edward
Jackson, Maynard
Jason, Adeline
Jenkins-Fleming, Inc.
Jensen, Martin
Johnson, Bobby
Jones, Boisfeuillet
Jossa, Mario
Kaplan, Norman
Katz, Arlene
Key, Jr., J.
Keyes, Larry
Kiepper, Alan
Knight, Charles
Kokowitz, Allan
Kraft, Anthony
Kravitz, Michael
Krueger, D.
Laney, William
Law Engineering Testing Company
Lawrence, Jay
LeMay, R.
Leonhard, Bernard
Levy, Matthys
Library Bureau (New York, NY)
Library Interiors Group
Library Journal
Lomax, Michael
Lovejoy, William
MacDonald, R.
Mangiafico, Nancy
Marcel Breuer Architecte
Marcel Breuer Associates 15 E 26th St. NYC 10010
Marcel Breuer and Associates
Marcel Breuer and Associates, 635 Madison Ave. New York
Martin, Lyn
Mastroianni, Ted
Matthews, Richard
May, Bob
Mayer Electric Supply Co., Inc.
McConnell, Al
McElroy and Hardy, Inc.
McLeod, John
Mehob, D.
Menefee, Edward
Metal Industries, Inc.
Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
Mettler, Alexandra
Meyer, Arthur
Minkoff, Mike
Minogue, Jack
Minority Airport Architects and Planners
Mitchell, Margaret
Mitchell, Mary
Mohr, Libby
Mooney, Kemp
Mueser-Rutledge-Wentworth and Johnston
Murray, Marie
Musgrove, R.
National Bank of Georgia
Nelson, Reynolds
Nelson, Richard
Nelson-Smith, Inc.
Nester, J.
New York University
New Yorker
Nix, Robert
Northbrook Insurance Company
Norvell, Glenn
Nyren, Karl
O'Brien, William
O'Mara, Frank
OCD Professional Advisory Service Center
Office of the Fire Marshal (Atlanta, GA)
Ohnishi, Eisuke
Oliver, Gordon
Oliver, John
Osgood, Gwen
Otis Elevator Co.
Overman, William
Owen of Georga, Inc.
Ozanne Construction Co., Inc.
P and S Supply Co.
Papachristou, Tician
Patterson, Ronnie
Paul Weidlinger
Pedonti, Ronald
Peters, James
Petts, Bob
Phillips, Virginia
Piedmont Hardware and Supply Co.
Pointer, H.
Ponte, V.
Prestera, Jay
Prestressed Concrete Institute
Price, Valerie
Professional Design Partnership
Pullen, T.
Quinley, Warren
Rice, Lawrence
Rich's Store Planning
Richlan, Frank
Rinehart, Jonathan
Robert L. Cahn Associates
Robinson, J.
Rochell, Carlton
Ruis, John
Ruise Ceramic Tile Co., Inc.
Salyer, Sharon
Sandy Springs Neighbor
Saporta, Elenna
Sax, R.
Scalzo, J.
Scates, Richard
Schmertz, Mildred
Schokbeton Products Corp.
Schultz, Ernie
Schultz, Sanders
Schwartz, Stanley
Schwartz-Meyer, Racae
Scofield, Dorothy
Scopia Sculptures
Securitronics of America, Inc.
Sefi Fabricators, Inc.
Sentronic International
Settle, James
Shaw, A.
Shell, Fred
Sibley, Celestine
Sign Works, Inc.
Silver, Sam
Silverstein, S.
Sloane, Martha
Smith, Barbara
Smith, Hamilton
Soil Systems, Inc.
Somogy, Stephen
Speleman, Pete
Spowers, Gale
Stage Curtains, Inc.
Stallworth, Debra
State of Georgia
Stein, Carl
Stendig, Inc.
Stern, Peter
Steven Waring Associates
Stevens and Wilkinson, Inc.
Stevens, Jr., Preston
Stratton Industries, Inc.
Strickler, John
Subberth, Jerry
Superior Fireproof Door Co.
Tape Specialties Co.
Temiyabutr, Chatchai
Theban, Polly
Thomas Carpet Co.
Thomas, Mary
Thompson Lightning Protection, Inc.
Thompson, C.
Thomson, Marcelline
Toombs, Amisano, and Wells
Townsend, Ed
Troop, Paul
United States Department of Defense
Voorsanger, Bartholomew
W. R. Grace and Co.
Walker, James
Ware, Richard
Watson, Michael
Watson-Mahaney, Inc.
Watts and Browning
Weaver, Rodger
Weesner, Jack
Westinghouse Electric and Manufacturing Co.
Whaley, Glenn
Whittaker, William
Whittemore, Margaret
Willis, Ken
Wilson Metal Products
Wise, Theodore
Wisenbaker, R.
Witt, Ralph
Wong, Andrew
Woolner, Ann
Worrel, Nellie
Wright-Brown Electric Co., Inc.
Yates, Ella
Young, Jane
Young, M.
Yu, Jane
Zavodny, Joseph
Zekala, Edward
Atlanta Central Public Library

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Photographs   78  browse all »

Photo of Old Library Stained Glass Window
Contact Sheet

Breuer and his partner Hamilton P. Smith reimagined the inverted, stepped shape of the Whitney Museum for this late project, the last before Breuer’s retirement. The library’s director and board wanted to hire an internationally-known architect for the design of the main branch of the Atlanta public library system. They interviewed Breuer and Paul Rudolph before deciding to give the commission to Breuer, with local firm Stevens and Wilkinson acting as Associate Architects. Design for the building began in 1971 but funding issues stemming from a bond referendum delayed construction until 1977. The library was completed in 1980.

The finished building features eight stories above ground and two below, with a monumental staircase acting as the focal point of the second, third and fourth floors. Each façade features slightly different massing. The southwest entrance façade cantilevers over a sunken plaza and includes a partial, glass wall that invites passersby into the building. The exterior wall of bush-hammered precast-concrete panels conceals a structural system steel frame and concrete slabs. These concrete panels reduce the weight-load of the façade and provided substantial savings in the overall budget of the building in comparison to stone. Breuer enlivened the severe volume of the building by the subtle pattern of the panels, the unexpected placement of windows and variations in the projection of the façade.