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Carnegie Library - Saved (partially)

This is a shot of an old Carnegie Library in Ann Arbor, MI. Built in the early 1900's, this library was most recently part of the Frieze Building. The Frieze Building held classrooms for The University of Michigan but is being torn down to make way for a new dormitory. Fortunately, however, the library building will not be demolished, although it remains to be seen how it gets utilized in the new structure.

 

Update: Apparently only the facade will be saved and incorporated into the new dormitory. The remaining sides (and the interior) will be demolished. Such a shame.

 

It's hard to get a good shot of this building since it faces north and is almost always in shade. For this shot I used the auto-bracketing feature of my Olympus E-500 to take 3 handheld exposures. I then used Photomatix to create an HDR from the three images, finishing off some details such as sharpening in Photoshop. I also removed a street light which I found distracting. A glimpse of what the library looked like originally can be found here, in particular this image.

 

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Taken on March 29, 2007