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Two months after a tech publication said a Norfolk library was the prettiest in Virginia, Elle Decor Magazine singled out a Virginia Beach library instead.
A Sept. 26 list published by Elle Decor Magazine hailed the City of Virginia Beach Joint-Use Library at Tidewater Community College as Virginia’s best and prettiest. The state-by-state roundup of the most beautiful libraries in the country included such well-known facilities as the Boston Public Library, the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University and the George Peabody Library in Baltimore.
“We agree that the TCC/City of Virginia Beach Joint-Use Library is one of the best and most beautiful libraries in the country,” Eva Poole, director of Virginia Beach Public Library, said in an email. “So many people had a hand in the decor of the building, including Virginia Beach and TCC staff members, it would be almost impossible to name everyone who deserves credit.”
For Elle Decor, the library’s setting, at 1700 College Crescent, was a factor.
“Don’t be surprised if you run across a flock of geese outside the library, because the building design and its surrounding marsh ponds were intended to keep wildlife active in the area,” the magazine said.
Elle Decor also cited the building’s “funky” shape, saying it was due to the architects’ choice of designing the building around existing shrubbery.
The Joint-Use Library opened in August 2013, according to Christine Brantley, a spokesperson. The 125,000-square-foot space has a LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.
Still, the joint-use facility is not the only local one drawing attention from national list makers.
In July, Norfolk’s Slover was hailed as Virginia’s most beautiful library by Tech Insider, a publication that covers the technology industry.
Tech Insider’s top-50 state-by-state compilation also included the Peabody and the Beinecke.
TCC tweeted about Elle Decor’s announcement on Sept. 29.