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Library Puzzle

May 01, 1988

In your article (Metro, April 22) about the proposed architectural design for the Los Angeles Central Public Library, references were made to architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue's original 1924 landmark building. The building has the engraved cornerstone date of 1925.

I have always maintained that Goodhue incorporated an architectural "puzzle" into his library design. He made the original pyramidal crown 25 feet high and with one side of the square base 33 feet long. When the height of 25 feet is multiplied by 19.25, the result equals 481.25 feet . . . and this is the original height of the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt. In turn, 481.25 times 4 equals 1925--or the present cornerstone date at the foundation of the Central Library.

KENNETH LLOYD LARSON

Los Angeles

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