Charles E. Beatley, Jr. Central Library
An Enduring Landmark in an Urban Neighborhood
The Beatley library, set in an aging West End community in Alexandria, Virginia, created a popular urban amenity and helped spark a neighborhood revitalization. Designed by Michael Graves & Associates, the library is located on a 7.2-acre site adjacent to Holmes Run, a forested streambed that feeds the Potomac. Rhodeside & Harwell’s design for the site includes a winding entryway that preserves pedestrian pathways, a central courtyard reading garden, a water runnel system that irrigates filtration gardens in the parking area, and a distinctive streetscape along adjacent Duke Street.
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