Address: 7111 Talbert Ave, Huntington Beach | HUNTINGTON BEACH-CALIFORNIA | United States
Latitude/Longitude: 33.70182, -118.00456
The Huntington Beach Public Library and Cultural Center (HBPL) is located in Huntington Beach, California. The library is financed and governed by the City of Huntington Beach, California.
Library Board members, wanting a first hand view, toured libraries in California that had recently been constructed and were of similar size. The board developed a list of some 35 architects that they were interested in considering and eventually narrowed it down to 17 whom they invited in for interviews. Of the 17, the firm of Richard & Dion Neutra was asked to design the library. Shortly before the actual signing of the agreement, Richard Neutra died while on tour and his son, Dion, was retained to design the project.
The site had been selected because of its centralized location, both geographically and by population, and because of the natural beauty surrounding it. A 10-acre (40,000 m2) plot of land was purchased for the site, including part of Talbert Lake, and the ground breaking ceremony took place on October 28, 1972.
The Dion Neutra designed facility opened in 1975 and was expanded by Huntington Beach architects Anthony and Langford. The Central library building was expanded to enclose an outdoor spiral ramp and fountain area. The new wing opened in 1994 and included a new Children’s area with its own story time theater. The lower level featured five new meeting room, a catering kitchen, and a beautiful 319-seat theater. The library was also an early adopter of utilizing an automated conveyor system to move books through the building. Shortly after the Central library expansion, the Oak View Library branch opened to provide library services to the local Spanish speaking community.
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