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Celebrating Concrete: The Orlando Public Library & Brutalism
August 20, 2016 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM| Free
Historian Christine Madrid French explores the history of the all-concrete Orlando Public Library, designed by John Johansen in 1966 with a 1986 addition by local architect Nils Schweizer. Love it or hate it, the library is one of the foremost examples of Brutalism in Florida, a fortress-like style marked by the use of rough concrete. But, what is Brutalism anyway and why is it important? Learn more about this controversial style and how our own library fits within the international collection of these landmark 20th-century buildings.