Downtown library takes wing

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February 7, 2005 // UPDATED 1:51 pm - April 26, 2007
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie

Downtown's New Central Library boasts a dramatic new rooftop overhang that suspends 120 feet over Hennepin Avenue.

Crews bolted the 360-foot wing on top of the new glassy library at 300 Nicollet Mall on Jan. 29.

The library's new overhang is in keeping with other high-profile buildings under construction in the city with dramatic - and horizontal - architectural details. They include the riverfront Guthrie's 178-feet cantilevered deck that juts over West River Parkway toward the Mississippi River and the Walker Art Center's new addition that hangs over Hennepin Avenue.

The new wing is the roof of the Library Hall - a large open space that spans from the new building's Hennepin side to the Nicollet Mall entrance.

A crew of a dozen construction workers outfitted with a 500-ton crane and a 250-ton crane lifted the 90-ton wing above the new library, according to Anne Ulseth, a spokeswoman for the New Central Library Project Office.

The New Central Library designed by noted architect Cesar Pelli is scheduled to open spring 2006.