The Atlanta Central Library

Ground level at the entrance to the library.


If you’ve walked down Forsyth St. in Atlanta you may have noticed a large building that looks like it has been made into a fortress with no windows. That’s actually the city’s Central Library and architect Marcel Breuer designed it in the aptly named Brutalist style. The 40 year old building has been the focus of much debate as discussions on how to best make renovations rage on. Preservationists won a victory with stopping the idea of razing the building altogether but they are again facing challenges with the new idea of chiseling windows into the famed architect’s design.

Atlanta Central Library from Forsyth and Carnegie.

The building from Carnegie and Fairlie.

Atlanta Central Library from Fairlie and Williams.

A view of Atlanta Central Library from Williams and Forsyth.

An aerial of the building above Forysth St.

Stacks of books line the shelves inside the library.

The third floor computer lab at the library.

CDs, books and movies on the third floor.

The central staircase from the fourth floor.

One more of the staircase.

Reference materials on the second floor.

Leaving the library back on Forsyth.