Here is HB Tomorrow’s letter to the California Office of Historic Preservation supporting designating the downtown library at Triangle Park a Historic Place [PDF]:
January 3, 2013
State Historian I
Office of Historic Preservation
State of California
1725 23rd Street, Suite 100
Sacramento, CA 95816
RE: Nomination to the National Register of Historic Places
Huntington Beach Public Library at Triangle Park
525 Main St. Huntington Beach 92648
Dear Mr. Burg:
Huntington Beach Tomorrow supports approval of our downtown public library which is located at Triangle Park as a designated Historic Place. Our mission is “to preserve and enhance the quality of life for our community” and part of that is accomplished by preserving open space.
The library design allows for flexibility of use and its architecture reminds many of our long term residents of the midcentury style of architecture that symbolizes what was typical when postwar children came to the library to study in the second half of the twentieth century. The open design lets in natural light and lends itself to a good reading environment.
The adjacent park is a landmark that identifies where the downtown begins after passing through a residential neighborhood further from the beach and downtown. The library anchors the residential community near downtown. There are few places with mature vegetation in this downtown area where people can gather in the open space offered by the park adjacent to the library and the park should be retained.
Huntington Beach Tomorrow