Architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue designed the original Los Angeles Central Library with influences of ancient Egyptian and Mediterranean Revival architecture. 

The central tower is topped with a tiled mosaic pyramid with suns on the sides with a hand holding a torch representing the “Light of Learning” at the apex. Other elements include sphinxes, snakes, and celestial mosaics.


In 1986 a fire destroyed over 400,000 volumes (about 20% of the collection)

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