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Carondelet Branch to Close for Extensive Restoration

St. Louis, MO… The St. Louis Public Library will close its Carondelet Branch, 6800 Michigan Avenue, at 5 p.m. on Friday, December 31, so that it can undergo an extensive restoration and renovation. The project is part of the Library’s ongoing construction program and is scheduled to take about a year to complete. While the Branch is closed, Carondelet patrons are encouraged to use neighboring Branches for all their Library needs.

Planned improvements at the Branch include:

*  A completely restored and renovated interior.

*  The addition of an elevator to make the building fully accessible to seniors, parents with young children, and patrons with disabilities.

*  Additional restrooms that are ADA compliant.

*  An expanded parking lot for greater convenience.

*  An additional entrance facing the expanded parking lot.

*  Updated computers for educational and recreational use.

*  Updated collections of books, magazines, DVDs, and other materials.

*  Cleaning of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) mural.

The Carondelet Branch opened at its present location on June 9, 1908. It was preceded by small library collections in various neighborhood locations starting as early as 1883. Architect Ernest Preisler designed the current building in the classic Greek Ionic style. In 1934, Robert Rigsby, a native St. Louisan, painted a mural called “Founding of St. Louis” as part of the WPA program.

For updates on the Carondelet Branch project, visit the Library’s website at slpl.org or call 314-539-0378.

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12/28/2010