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Arroyo Seco Regional Branch Library

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6145 N. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90042 323-255-0537
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Best Newly Remodeled Library, August 2008

With its two-story stone tower, the Arroyo Seco Regional Branch Library looks like it was plucked from a storybook. Thanks to a 1998 bond measure to improve L.A.’s libraries, it was razed and rebuilt in 2003 by M2A Architects. The 14,000-square-foot structure, modeled on early-20th-century Craftsman design, features river rock, exposed brick, a wood-beam ceiling, etched-glass windows, wrought-iron railings, bronze light fixtures, and dark oak furniture. An old-fashioned rocking chair in the children’s room is an ideal spot for curling up with a fairy tale.

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