AKA: Los Angeles Public Library, Goldwyn, Frances Howard, Branch Library, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA; City of Los Angeles, Public Library (LAPL), Branch #3, Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - social and civic buildings - libraries

Designers: Gehry, Frank O. and Associates, Incorporated (firm); Frank Owen Gehry (architect)

Dates: constructed 1985

2 stories

1623 North Ivar Avenue
Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA 90028-6304

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Architect Frank O. Gehry (b. 1929) was just becoming internationally-known at about the time of the Goldwyn Branch's completion. To rebuild the branch, the Samuel Goldwyn Foundation donated $2 million in 1982. (By the time the library opened in 1986, the Goldwyn Foundation had donated $3.4 million.) The Los Angeles Times covered the library's dedication ceremony on 06/12/1986, which featured a ribbon-cutting by movie star, Kirk Douglas. Tracey Kaplan, the Times writer, described "...the library's new home as an unusual stack of flesh-colored boxes" which was said to be "...better than the one that burned." (See Tracey Kaplan, "Hollywood Branch Rises from Ashes", Los Angeles Times, 06/13/1986, p. B1, )

This library replaced an earlier branch (located on the same site) that was destroyed by fire on 04/13/1982. This fire destroyed 70,000 of the building's 90,000-book collection. Tel: 323.856.8260 (2013)

PCAD id: 2550