When the City Council elected to build the new Cedar Rapids Public Library on the “TrueNorth” block (on the corner of 5th Avenue and 5th Street), they chose a location with a varied past. The more we learn about the block and the history that surrounds it, the easier it will be to design a building that represents the community.
Dave Rasdal wrote an article for The Gazette (10/13/10) which details the darker history of the block. His article reminds us that while there was once a beautiful high school on the site, there was also a great deal of crime and violence marring the area.
The new library will be designed to really reflect the community as a whole. We are always looking for more ways to incorporate this into the design. Do you have a story to tell about the site? Or about the former library building? Share it with us!