It looks better to me. City buildings should always set the example by preserving the historic character of an area.
Hey, went from Black to White-call the ACLU!!!!!!!I smell discrimination. Hee,hee,hee.
Well if this is better I'm Santa Clause! If this is what it takes to silence all of the small minded wannabes so that a new library can be built then I think it's the most beautiful building ever.
It really has a historical look and should blend well with the eclectic architectural style of that area.
Better, maybe. Ugly, definitely.
Will this library include bunk beds for the vagrants of Augusta to crash?
Just build it !!!! Oh and your right biggdawg...hope they will keep the "non-readers" out .
What's historical about this design? There's a slight (very slight) nod toward the art deco design style with the corner design but the rest of the building is simply modern construction. There appears to be no particular design style in mind...it's not Gothic, Victorian, Georgian, Classic, neoclassic or any other recognized style. We needed a historical preservation commission to select a completely unhistorical style?
Why bother most of Augusta is too ignorant to know how to read or would bother to use it if they do. Hee,hee,hee,hee.
Come on, Mojo. It's just a library. It needs to be boxy to hold the books. It needs to be functional, not pretty.
Those little trees along the sidewalk will get bigger as time goes by unless the drought kills them.
Just build the library already. The Historical Society made all that noise and got very little action in return. THe building did not change that much in outward appearance. It is still very modern and boxy in design.
$22 million dollars for a library that will turn out to be just as bad as the one that is there now?!? I think the money needs to go to tearing down more of the abandoned buildings in the downtown area! Everytime I go through downtown, realize I said go through, because I never stop, I just find it digusting and awful looking! Downtown looks dirty and run-down! Augusta has a LONG way to go! Obviously Savannah and Charleston are doing something right, and tourist dollars are proof of that!
Savannah and Charleston actually have a history. What a load of "you know what" by local developers and their politico buddies. Augusta's history centers on May 1970. " A time that will forever paint the portrait of Augusta".
Savannah and Charleston had something to work with, a "sound reputation". Sound leadership, not a circus of idiots and "wanabees".
Much a do about nothing. Ever town has a library, so Augusta has a library. We have a jail, a courthouse, a civic center. All are "management nightmares".
"Tear down paradise and put up a parking lot". "When you are low and life is making you lonely, you can always go, DOWNTOWN".
Libraries are a relic of the past.
Charleston was a rundown, dilapidated town not too many years ago. They also built an ugly pink walled library on Marion Square which they later tore down completely and replaced with a historic design. Augusta is coming around, but the keeping the historic character of the town is paramount. The Charleston Preservation (Historic) Society has lots of legal power to enforce matters these days. Ausgusta's doesn't have that power.
They saved the toaster! Changed it from all black to white and black. But, I believe the trend is for stainless steel. Change the toaster to stainless steel!
The architect, probably a C graduate of some third-tier design school, must have lost his feng shui in the rush to deposit his commission check. This building, especially the Dantesque entrance, instead of saying "Come in and check us out" rather warns "Keep out."
My husband and I have an on-going joke. When we ride through Augusta, we count how many abandoned buildings we see....the number keeps going up! Shocking!!
Loved the comments deekster...tooooo funny!
That is just another ugly inappropriate building to add to downtown. I love going to the library, I guess I will just have to keep my eyes closed as I approach. Here is a question, did the designer even go to the building site to see what the area was like? You can't tell by looking if they did. A new sore thumb.
There is just no satisfying some folks. _itch and moan _itch and moan!
My prediction-they will spend more money and time deciding on what to build than actually building the dang thing. My advice:Build it underground, then place a nice park and parking lot at ground level and a modest entrance. hee.hee,hee.
Just sit down, shut up, and build it already!
I like it Bizarro, perhaps the dog park can go there!
I, like many others, am thrilled with the new design. It is going to be a beautiful landmark in downtown Augusta. I predict that it is going to be one of the most loved buildings in our community; not only for the way that it looks, but also for the role that it plays.
I think augusta could be a six flags and some people would still complain. Mayor deke is doing a great job for this city. Downtown now has a library, whites building, kroc center, tee center, watermark condos, and a hotel/condo project on the common.
The new design looks great. It is not Tara but then Scarlett's been dead for a long time. The new library will be for people who are alive and can READ. It will be a tremendous improvement over the old gas station and will look a lot better than the headquarters of the Augusta Chronicle.
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