What local repository of knowledge just ended up on the same list as the New York Public Library, with its noble stone lions; the Los Angeles Central Library with its iconic mix of Mediterranean and Egyptian influences; and the soaring, arched-and-columned, multi-floored George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore?
The Gulf Gate Library in Sarasota.
It was chosen by Tech Insider as the “most beautiful library” in Florida on a list of the most attractive in each of the 50 states. The website is part of the American business, celebrity and technology news site Business Insider.
“The Gulf Gate Library in Sarasota opened less than a year ago but has already been recognized by the AIA (American Insitute of Architects) Florida chapter for its flexible meeting spaces and warm, inviting design,” Tech Insider said.
The library’s official opening was in January 2015.
“Libraries are timeless treasures,” the website said. “Even as pulpy paperbacks get swapped out for electronic ink, we still crave a physical space where we can surround ourselves with knowledge. When done right, those spaces can be works of art. To find the most beautiful libraries in each state, Tech Insider looked at past and current award-winners as judged by the American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association awards, and relied on our own judgment for states who have never won.