Support Grows to Save Lewis & Clark Library

Categories: Architecture

Neil Chace, Jeremy Clagett and Jon Hagar of ModernSTL's proposed addition to the Lewis & Clark Library
The proposal calls for a complementary addition to join the original library building to the north. If anything, the library site does not suffer from a small lot; the new wing could easily fit in the corner of the property, still providing the very generous parking lot plenty of spaces. Likewise, the relative simplicity of the original building materials could carry forward into the new addition. The group plans to present its proposal at the County Library's next board meeting on Monday, March 17, at 3:30 p.m. at library headquarters in Frontenac. Concerned residents should attend and voice their opinions about the future of the library.

The proposed ground plan by ModernSTL for Lewis & Clark expansion.

I know I could lecture all day about the architectural merits of this building, and I still wouldn't convince everyone of this building's value. Many people simply do not like modernist architecture, and I know many people would still prefer to see this library demolished. But I do know what really matters to most people is how the government spends its tax dollars. It is not fiscally responsible to demolish a functional and structurally sound building merely in the name of constructing a new building for its own sake. In an age where it's often cheaper to buy a new television than to fix a broken one, saving the Lewis & Clark Library will show that at least a beloved library is not disposable.

Chris Naffziger writes about architecture at St. Louis Patina. Contact him via e-mail at

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St. Louis County Library, Lewis & Clark Branch

9909 Lewis & Clark Blvd., North St. Louis County, MO

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