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"One of the Largest Neighborhood Libraries" Top 5 Page for this destination Libraries Tip by deecat

Libraries, Chicago: 6 reviews and 7 photos

  Conrad Sulzer Regional Branch Library
by deecat

On one of my jaunts in Chicago while waiting for a VT Meeting/Dinner to begin, I spent time in the Lincoln Square area checking out the beautiful, huge Conrad Sulzer Regional Branch Library.
This Lincoln Square neighborhood library was once located down the street in the art deco building that now houses the Old Town School of Folk Music. At that time, it was called the Hild Library. Demand grew; thus, the neighborhood outgrew the Hild Library. The architecture firm called Hammond, Beeby & Babka designed the new building which has become a central attraction for Chicago's North Side as a Regional Branch. Incidently, it is one of the largest neighborhood branches in the Chicago Public Library System. It houses more than 250,000 books and takes up almost an entire block!
The architecture is interesting. The architects themselves called it "hybrid Mies van der Rohe and Schinckel"! What I really like about this particular library is all of the light that pours through the multitude of windows. Another unique feature of the Conrad Sulzer Library is the custom-made furniture that has design themes that are based on German mythology!
The architects who built this library went on to build the famed Harold Washington Library in the Loop in 1993.
The Conrad Sulzer Library is located on North Lincoln Avenue just south of the business area and across from the Park.

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  • Updated Oct 17, 2004
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