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The way it was: Library skylight -- 1983
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The way it was: Library skylight -- 1983

Mar 10, 2014 - From staff reports

Clark Hanson of Lander was hard at work -- and high up -- in March 1983 at the new Riverton Branch Library construction site at 1330 West Park Avenue.

The glass and steel tube rises 34 feet above the floor and stretches 144 feet end to end.

After a cold winter slowed construction, a balmy patch of weather in March brought workers outdoors and up the ladder to the skylight.

Wind River Glass was the subcontractor on the job.

Caulking the dozens of joints was one of the most time-consuming parts of the construction.

It took more than a week to install the barrel skylight, including laying a brick enclosure on one end.

Before the library opened that fall, it had been housed in several locations, including a downtown basement, a former private home, and a converted church.

The picture is from March 4, 1983.

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