West Hollywood's mammoth new library is only a few months from opening, which means imminent doom for West Hollywood's tiny old library. The city is planning on demolishing the building to make room for more green space in West Hollywood Park. But hold up: the 1960 building was designed by underrated Los Angeles architect Edward Fickett and mid-century modernists are up in arms that WeHo's just going to throw it away. Steve Ward, a real estate agent who's started the "Save West Hollywood Library - Edward Fickett, 1960s" Facebook page (and written about the issue at length on his blog), describes the building as an MCM "jewel box with a floating geometric ceiling resting on six points. The LA Conservancy's Modern Committee is on board with the fight--they'll be showing up at Monday's city council meeting to protest the demolition during the general comment period. Ward is hoping the library can be reused, possibly as a reception hall.
· Save West Hollywood Library - Edward Fickett, 1960s [Facebook]
· West Hollywood Tries For More Green With New Park [Curbed LA]