06 16 The West Coast’s Best Modern & Mid Century Libraries POSTED BY katherine mcbride COMMENTS Some of the best minds of modern architecture have used their skills to design exceptional spaces that are available to everyone. These places give people a chance to congregate in sleek, beautifully crafted modern environments completely free of charge. Public libraries are an essential part of building communities and providing those communities with access to information, and enhanced education. As much as these libraries encourage an appreciation of literature, in the case of modern and midcentury libraries, they encourage an appreciation of great architecture as well. Here are some of our picks for the most interesting public libraries designed in the modern aesthetic along the west coast. The Clairemont Library San Diego, CA Akin-Moore Yacht Brokerage, 1960 Photo Source: Chimay Bleue Geisel Library University of San Diego, CA William Pereira, 1970 Photo Source: Wikipedia Santa Monica Public Library Pico Branch Santa Monica, CA Koning Eizenberg Architecture, 2014 Photo Source: William Short Photography West Hollywood Library Los Angeles, CA Johnson Favaro, 2011 Photo Source: Wikipedia College of San Mateo Library San Mateo, CA John Carl Warnecke, 1963 Photo Source: Heather David Mount Angel Abby Library St. Benedict, OR Alvar Aalto, 1970 Photo Source: Wikipedia Seattle Central Library Seattle, WA Rem Koolhaus, 2004 Photo Source: Wikipedia North East Branch, The Seattle Public Library Seattle, WA Paul Thiry, 1953 Photo Source: Wikipedia Related PostsDocomomo WEWA Presents: Modern Sacred Spaces | Church of the RedeemerPotential Redevelopment of KeyArena Reminds Us of Its HistoryEvoking Warm Modernism in the Home of Architect Tessa Smith, Part IIArtist Showcase: Lisa AshinoffEvoking Warm Modernism in the Home of Architect Tessa Smith, Part I This entry was posted in Architecture and tagged alvar aalto, geisel library, mid century architecture, mid century library, modern library, paul thiry, rem koolhaus, santamonicalibrary. Bookmark the permalink.