The Orlando Public Library is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the dedication of their Downtown building.

The library building was designed by Harvard Five architect, John M. Johansen (Website), and wasn’t a popular structure during its time. The concrete exterior is a prime example of Brutalism, and was thought to be too severe at the time of its construction in 1966.

The library has recently announced that on August 20, historian Christine Madrid French, who specializes in the study and preservation of modern American structures, will host a presentation called Celebrating Concrete: The Orlando Public Library and Brutalism. Her talk will take place at the Orlando Public Library at 4 p.m., and will explore the history of the library and its place in the international Brutalism movement. The talk is free and open to the public.

For other examples of Brutalist architecture, click HERE.

Brendan O'Connor

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