Central Library in St. Louis has been regarded as one the world’s greatest public library’s and architectural masterpiece. Recently the esteemed library completed a $70 million restoration and Mid America Metals was fortunate to have been chosen for our professional restoration services, including metal and bronze restoration in this 100-year-old building.
The library restoration began June 2010 and was fully restored with updated technology and a 60 percent increase in space available to patrons.
The library was built in 1912 for $1.5 million, helped by a $1 million gift from steel baron Andrew Carnegie. It was designed by one of the most famous architects in the world, Cass Gilbert, who went on to design many other landmarks in New York and the US Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C.
Over 4.7 million books and artifacts had to be moved out of the building for safekeeping and reorganized before this enormous project could begin. All of the electrical, HVAC, and technology were updated to make it a state-of-the-art building, while keeping and enhancing the historical elements of the building. Mid America Metals was asked to oxidize all of the bronze in the building, everything from call plates to 12 foot tall archway panels. In addition to the interior we professionally restored the ornate and unique “turtle” lights on the exterior of the library. In total we oxidized over 500 pieces, most of which was done in our shop. Operation’s Manager Jeff Large estimates that we have almost 1,500 man hours into the job for 5 different customers. Larry Hodges headed up the project but everyone in the St. Louis office helped out at some point.
The project was on time and on budget and opened to the public on December 9th. If you’re ever in St. Louis be sure to check out this amazing building. If you’re looking for professional restoration services for your building contact us today!