The Maguire Gardens, a downtown Los Angeles park named after our founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Robert F. Maguire III, is the reincarnation of architect Bertram Goodhue’s original park which he designed as the grand entrance to the Los Angeles Central Library in 1925.
Landscape architect Lawrence Halprin has re-established the Italianate reflecting pool that now rises three levels from Flower Street to the Library portal. Bound on either side by steps, it is graced by tall Italian cypresses that help form a canopy of shade.
Artist Jud Fine has woven into the garden a theme that speaks to the importance of libraries and literacy to civilization. His art plan is analogous to the structure of a book. The ‘Well of Scribes’, a sculpture originally designed by Goodhue, has been reborn in contemporary face to serve as the title page of the book.
Three distinctive fountains grace the garden landscape. The three tiered Grotto Foundation highlights portions of the Fourteenth Amendment, a modern fountain to the north introduces water arches and the fountain near the Fifth Street entrance includes porcelain objects that create a kaleidoscope of color.