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Marcel Breuer's Central Library in Atlanta Faces Demolition Threat

Marcel Breuer's Central Library in Atlanta Faces Demolition Threat

Like many Brutalist buildings in America, the Central Library in Atlanta by Marcel Breuer is facing demolition, reports The Architect's Newspaper. Completed in 1980 with a 300-seat theater, restaurant and 1 million books, the building exemplifies Breuer’s sensibilities, with its bush-hammered concrete panels and Bauhaus-inspired forms. However, over the years the building has fallen into disrepair, with its theater closing in the mid-1990s, and the restaurant closing a few years later. In 2002, the city spent $5 million on restoration. Even so, in 2008, voters approved a $275 million bond referendum, which included a proposal to replace the library by Breuer with another. Despite protests from preservationists, the building’s future is uncertain, with voters clearly calling for a new library building.

Learn more about the building and the threats it faces in the full article here.

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Cite: Eric Oh. "Marcel Breuer's Central Library in Atlanta Faces Demolition Threat" 21 Apr 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/785636/marcel-breuers-central-library-in-atlanta-faces-demolition-threat> ISSN 0719-8884

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