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Near St. Louis, A Midcentury-Modern Public Library Faces Demolition

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Preservationists mount a last-ditch effort to save the Lewis and Clark branch, designed by Frederick Dunn.
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  The Lewis and Clark library branch in Moline Acres, Missouri, north of St. Louis. Photograph copyright 2012 Andrew Raimist, RaimistDesign.com.
    The Lewis and Clark library branch in Moline Acres, Missouri, north of St. Louis. Photograph copyright 2012 Andrew Raimist, RaimistDesign.com.
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  Designed by the architect Frederick Dunn, the library building opened to the public in January 1963. Photo by Lindsey Derrington.
    Designed by the architect Frederick Dunn, the library building opened to the public in January 1963. Photo by Lindsey Derrington.
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  The stained glass windows, designed by Robert Harmon of Emil Frei & Associates, featured Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and their interpreter and guide, Sacagawea, as well as buffaloes, fish, and other flora and fauna. Photograph copyright 2012 Andrew Raimist, RaimistDesign.com.
    The stained glass windows, designed by Robert Harmon of Emil Frei & Associates, featured Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and their interpreter and guide, Sacagawea, as well as buffaloes, fish, and other flora and fauna. Photograph copyright 2012 Andrew Raimist, RaimistDesign.com.
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  A detail of Robert Harmon's stained-glass windows. Photograph copyright 2012 Andrew Raimist, RaimistDesign.com.
    A detail of Robert Harmon's stained-glass windows. Photograph copyright 2012 Andrew Raimist, RaimistDesign.com.
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  The windows bear the signature of Harmon's firm, Emil Frei & Associates. Photograph copyright 2012 Andrew Raimist, RaimistDesign.com.
    The windows bear the signature of Harmon's firm, Emil Frei & Associates. Photograph copyright 2012 Andrew Raimist, RaimistDesign.com.
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  The interior of the library as it appeared in 1963. Photo originally published in the  St. Louis Globe-Democrat, courtesy of Lindsey Derrington.
    The interior of the library as it appeared in 1963. Photo originally published in the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, courtesy of Lindsey Derrington.
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  The interior of the library as it appears today. Photo by Lindsey Derrington.
    The interior of the library as it appears today. Photo by Lindsey Derrington.
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  Photograph copyright 2012 Andrew Raimist, RaimistDesign.com.
    Photograph copyright 2012 Andrew Raimist, RaimistDesign.com.
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  A preliminary rendering of the proposed new library building. Image courtesy of KAI Design & Build.
    A preliminary rendering of the proposed new library building. Image courtesy of KAI Design & Build.
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  Another preliminary rendering of the proposed new library building. Image courtesy of KAI Design & Build.
    Another preliminary rendering of the proposed new library building. Image courtesy of KAI Design & Build.
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  A rendering of a proposed 3,500-square-foot addition that would preserve Dunn's original building. This proposal was designed by Neil Chace of SPACE Architects and Modern STL's board president; Jeremy Clagett of SPACE Architects; and Jon Hagar of Fox Architects. Image courtesy of Modern STL.
    A rendering of a proposed 3,500-square-foot addition that would preserve Dunn's original building. This proposal was designed by Neil Chace of SPACE Architects and Modern STL's board president; Jeremy Clagett of SPACE Architects; and Jon Hagar of Fox Architects. Image courtesy of Modern STL.

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