Orlando Public Library celebrates its 50th birthday this weekend with a tribute to concrete

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The Orlando Public Library celebrates its 50th anniversary this weekend with a talk from architectural historian Christine Madrid French, and it will be a celebration of concrete. The downtown landmark is a prime example of Brutalist architecture, a school of design that set out to make buildings in a raw and fortress-like style. In fact, the library was designed to require as little maintenance as possible. Take a self-guided tour of the building, learn about Brutalism and hear how the library compares internationally in this architectural style. It's both a celebration and an educational experience, and what could be better?

4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 | Orlando Public Library, 101 E. Central Blvd. | 407-835-7323 | ocls.info | free



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