Sunday, June 16, 2013

Small Urban Garden In Los Angeles Serves Up A Tall Order

Decorative letter 't', with two books behind it. he Los Angeles Public Library building

is a landmark at 630 West 5th Avenue in central L.A.  It was built in 1926 by architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue    

in a Mediterranean revival style and is topped with a tile mosaic pyramid.
It certainly stands out in the modern downtown area of this west coast concrete jungle.

And the small but pleasant Maguire Gardens

just outside the building is the perfect soft antidote to all the hard concrete and tall steel.

There is a walkway through the small garden which is landscaped with borders of hedges, lots of trees including Jacaranda and tall Cypress,

a few fountains,

several benches for reading, of course,
 and there is a lovely restaurant with patio seating in the garden.

It is just enough green space to serve as a little sanctuary

for urbanites to come back down to earth in the midst of a skyscraper heaven in the city of angels.

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  1. Really lovely Jeanine. It looks like a very peaceful oasis and refuge from the bustling city.

  2. Jeanine what a lovely little spot with the water and greenery.

  3. Oh my gosh, this puts our public library to shame. That is quite spectacular.

  4. What beautiful architecture. The gardens seem soothing and peaceful. Love the fountains. Even the bench is perfect!


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