The Campanile in Houston

Photo of The Campanile in Houston, Texas
Photograph Wayne Lorentz
Photo of The Campanile in Houston, Texas
Photograph Wayne Lorentz
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Photo of The Campanile in Houston, Texas
Photograph Wayne Lorentz
Photo of The Campanile in Houston, Texas
Photograph Wayne Lorentz

The Campanile
Also known as:Houston Public Library Freed-Montrose Branch
Formerly:Central Church of Christ

4100 Montrose Boulevard, Houston, Texas, Montrose 77006
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Libraries are considered temples of knowledge. In this case, it's absolutely true. The complex that now houses the Freed-Montrose branch of the Houston Public Library used to be the Central Church of Christ. Though they appear to be separate institutions, The Campanile encompasses the library, several restaurants and pubs, and the occasional confectionary. All are unified by a gloriously thick carpet of ivy clinging to the exterior, lending history to the library and character to the eateries. Inside the library, the structure's namesake campanile no longer chimes. It has been transformed into a staircase leading to the mezzanine level. This has been designed not to block the light beaming through the tall church windows which give the reader a sense of warmth and friendliness in direct contrast to the antiseptic 1960's business atmosphere of the Central Library downtown.

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