AAA Editor Notes
St. Louis Public Library's Central Library is at 1301 Olive St. Completed in 1912 with the help of funding from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the Central Library features ornate interiors that include marble staircases, beautiful stained-glass windows, hand-sculpted and hand-painted ceilings, intricate chandeliers and torchiere lamps made of marble and alabaster. An extensive renovation for the building's centennial in 2012 saw the removal of the library's distinctive glass-floored stacks, creating a modern four-story atrium at the north entrance.
Central Library was designed in the beaux arts style by renowned architect Cass Gilbert. In addition to the Saint Louis Art Museum in Forest Park, Gilbert also designed the state capitols of Minnesota and West Virginia as well as the United States Supreme Court Building and New York City's Woolworth Building, one of America's first skyscrapers and the tallest building in the world 1913-1930.
Guided tours are available. Time: Allow 30 minutes minimum.