Southdale Hennepin Library
Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Music Association: James Blunt -
* The title of this
post is a nod to the sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations
in the news the past few weeks.
culture is evolving... slowly. Congress needs to apply transparency to
its hush money
). Agreements should be made against non-disclosure
Do to others as you would have others do to you or
your loved ones.Southdale Hennepin Library
November 23, 2017
wondering what others are reading
snap the spine cracks
and my nose drops between the pages
the white room green
a tall chair lowers
Flat screens reflect dimly
with a cloud overhead
a page hovers in an open book
of snow on pillars of white.
Southdale Hennepin Library had 303,316 visits in 2016.
located at 7001 York Avenue South in Edina and is open from
9am to 9pm M-Th, 9am-5pm F-Sa, and Sundays from noon-5pm.
library will be torn down in 2019 with a small corner library rebuilt
in 2020 with housing, businesses, and a parking garage. Three
were offered by the Edina Housing &
and Hennepin County. On November 15th, the Hennepin County Designer
Selection Committee picked MSR (Meyer, Scherer &
as the architectural firm for the
new development (more
Music Association: OvertureSouthdale Hennepin Library
In a Mirror, Darkly
November 21, 2017
Once upon a
time in a place called Uttar Predesh
a man named Shah Jahan
built a majestic building to honor his third wife,
Mahal, who died after 30 hours of parturition.
the north, across the Yamuna River, was another Taj Mahal
black and upside down
only seen in the black marble reflecting
pool, no longer there.
Music Associations: Rolling
Stones - Paint It Black
& David Cassidy 1950-2017 -
I'll Meet You Halfway Southdale Hennepin Library
in the Sun
Sunday, November 19, 2017
Music Associations: The Beatles
- Here Comes The Sun & Sheryl Crow - Soakin' Up The SunBox
November 17, 2017
Build a box of snow
pillars of white
like Hobbes sees Calvin
Music Association: Aerosmith -
Draw The LineLibristory (Library-History)
Library Back in the 1970s
Prime Day 11-13-17
Back in the 1970s,
video was added to the new Southdale Hennepin Area Library.
cooperation with the NFL, the library provided recordings of Minnesota
Vikings games, repeating Sunday football on Wednesdays at 4pm and 7pm.
200 seat meeting room was used for movie nights. Exterior speakers and
white exterior walls enabled drive-in styled movies (seasonally).
26 foot media desk included 14 stations for listening and viewing
films, film strips, video cassettes, sound cassettes, cartridges,
tapes, records, and television.Melanie
Currier and others watch video in 1973 at the Southdale Hennepin Area
Library (photo by John Croft)
six channel copper loop
enabled headset wearers to listen to programs while browsing the
library, including listening to programs about President Nixon, who had
more television exposure than the three previous presidents
(Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson) combined.
terminals were added in 1974.
in March 1975, Will Steger repelled off the west side of the
Southdale Hennepin Area Library, as part of a demonstration of mountain
The library has been
renovated several times since it opened in 1973 and still has the
latest media equipment.
Music Associations: Young
Rascals - Groovin' and Earth, Wind, & Fire - Let's Groove
do you get a floating box
from art, defective guns, and the Chicago fire?
all about steel.
steel, architecture was all about holding stones up, with arches,
columns, and domes of stone and cement.
a long history but it was wrought iron: a
material fine for patio furniture and trellises but not good as a
building material. It wasn't great for guns either. Wrought iron steel
was riddled with imperfections.
Guns couldn't be mass produced because the steel was too unreliable. In
1856, Henry Bessemer patented the process of making Bessemer
stronger, more malleable, less laborious metal. Gun production and
U.S. steel mills could roll
of steel, which built the Eads Bridge over the Mississippi River
between St. Louis, Missouri and East
St. Louis, Illinois in 1874. The bridge was the first all steel
bridge, and it inspired some builders looking to rebuild Chicago after
the 1871 fire.
Minneapolis architect Leroy
patented the concept of a steel framed tall building in 1888,
proposing a 28-story “stratosphere-scraper
architectural news ridiculed the idea, but it got the attention of
William Le Baron Jenney. Jenney built the Home
Adams and LaSalle in Chicago, as the first steel framed
skyscraper. The concept of a steel framed building
concerned city officials, causing them to halt construction while they
conducted a safety inspection.
framing solved weight and load problems. The Home Insurance Building
was a third of the weight of a comparable stone
building. Buildings could float. Architecture could get
known as Le
, was the sort of artist who was told to not be an artist
so he became an architect. Taking advantage of the advancements in
steel framing, Le Corbusier wanted buildings to rest on stilts,
appearing to float. Adding to the external airiness, the inside of the
building would be free from supporting columns -- an open floor plan.
And ribbon windows added to the lightness of the structures.Villa
became the most famous of Le Corbusier's works and an
icon of modern architecture.
Introducing James Stageberg
“Stageberg's the name, and
architecture's the game
,” James Stageberg would
introduce himself... all the time.
Stageberg (1925-2010) was an architect, University of Minnesota
professor, lead architect, and architect-partner with Tom Hodne from
1968 to 1982 in Minneapolis' Dinkytown. He would doodle architectural
sketches on the bus to work.
Stageberg designed the Southdale Hennepin Area Library as an homage to
Le Corbusier and Villa Savoye, taken to a whole other level.
architect fees of $152,234, Minnesota and the south Hennepin County
area received a jewel on the librarian landscape. The snow white walls
rose up on white stilts from the former gravel pit turned parking lot.
Rows of rose-colored windows mirrored commercial Southdale on the
outside, while the tinted glass protected the 120,000 volumes on the
inside. Up on the roof top, a second tier roof protected
centrally-located skylights, washing light over the hexagonal-ottomans
in the second level reading area, with extra light pouring
the stairway to the first floor.
Seurat-like red-blue-navy carpet had an electric purple
effect on the eyes.
leather-baseball-mitt chair was the best seat in the house.
designer Paula Vesely decked the library with $234,682 furnishings
& equipment, including $30,000 of audio-visual equipment money
most sophisticated range of audio-visual facilities and resources of
any public library in the country
brochure from the July 25, 1973 opening emphasizes “Southdale-Hennepin is not a
Music Association: David Bowie -
Page Hovers in an Open Book”
A page hovers in an open book
window to another world
a rose-tinted mirror reflecting back
to be uncurled
Pages nearby are read and unread
on arms or legs
in motion and never moving
Books are easy to put down
a loyal dog they will wait
at rest but never resting
library waiting for your return.
Music Association: Bob
Seger - Turn The Page“A
Page Hovers in an Open Book” is © Copyright by the
Hopes and Dreams, like all the rest of this stuff.Disposable
Music Association: Genesis -
Throwing It All Away