Julia Ideson Library – Houston, TX
Opened in 1926 as Houston’s central library, the Julia Ideson Library is a rich literary and historic resource center and a historic landmark in the heart of downtown Houston. TBG created a sustainable design satisfying requirements for LEED certification while completing the original 1920s-era design for the Spanish Renaissance Revival structure, which was left incomplete amid the Great Depression. The design included renovating the entry plaza to incorporate adapted plant materials and Spanish Renaissance elements in order to respect the original 1926 plan. The plaza is defined by a geometric pattern that includes an octogram made from brick and stone that is overlaid with a lawn square at its center.