A Trip Inside the New, Improved Central Library

The new atrium of the Central Library, formerly the stack tower.
The new atrium of the Central Library, formerly the stack tower.

At last! After two-and-a-half years, $70 million and a few tantalizing glimpses, the Central Library will re-open on Sunday, December 9, less than two weeks away. The 101-year-old building, designed by its original architect Cass Gilbert to resemble a Renaissance palazzo, had been entirely gutted and then reassembled and rearranged for the twenty-first century. It also received a good scrubbing.

Kevin A. Roberts of St. Louis Magazine has created a video tour of the new and improved library, narrated by its executive director, Waller McGuire. And now, after seeing this, we're even more impatient to get in there and take a look around for ourselves.