Seeing the beautifully restored St. Louis Central Library following last month’s grand reopening reminded me of my years as a broadcast journalist, which involved—among other things—producing a weekly national radio program from a studio in Midtown. One of my monthly rituals was to visit the downtown library to peruse its extensive collection of classical and cinematic scores (on vinyl, cassette and CDs) for possible use on the show.

I remembered the anticipation I felt every time—crossing the majestic entrance, marveling at the extent of the architecture, and exploring the various nooks and crannies that have held decades of stories. Now, the library is ready for its next 100 years, offering its treasures to the next generation of St. Louisans.

Have you seen the library’s newest incarnation yet? Our Design Rediscovered column, which begins on p. 41, takes you there.