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First look: An early tour of Austin’s new Central Public Library

Staff Writer
Austin 360
The Austin Central Library on Tuesday August 8, 2017.  The new central library will have its grand opening on October 28.

During the past 20 or so years, Austin has built many buildings, but few places of consequence. 

The new Austin Central Library is a place of consequence. 

In many ways, it echoes Austin City Hall, also located on West Cesar Chavez Street, but executed on a much more ambitious scale. It carries over the older building’s hued limestone and metal overhangs. But whereas architect Antoine Predock’s city hall — considered edgy when it was completed in 2004 — stretches to mimic the area’s natural surroundings, the Lake Flato and Shepley Bullfinch team’s library absorbs its environment’s lessons and takes them to unheralded heights.

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