The rule of silence at the Fountain Valley Library was broken Friday night when 350 residents and government officials streamed into the city's new library building at a long-awaited ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Republican Assemblyman Nolan Frizelle and Orange County Supervisor Roger R. Stanton, a former Fountain Valley mayor, joined city dignitaries to deliver congratulatory remarks at the two-hour reception. The new 15,000-square-foot building is behind the old library in the 17000 block of Los Alamos Street.
Considered the crown jewel of the 27-branch county system, the avant-garde architecture is just one of the notable features of the $2.4-million library--especially in a city known for for its homogeneous building style.
Designed by Ralph Allen & Partners, the architects who worked on the newly renovated Santa Ana Central Library, the white-concrete structure's fan-shaped design follows the direction of the sun to ensure maximum lighting into the building.