A Note about the Photograph

The photo above (taken in June 2013) is of the Ivan Vasov People's Library, the main public library in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, one of my favorite cities. The library, founded in 1881, is named after the famous Bulgarian writer, Ivan Vasov (1850-1921). The current building, which opened in 1974, was designed by Bulgarian architect Maria Mileva. People tend to think of 1970s socialist-era architecture as ugly and dismal, but I have a weakness for the Brutalist style.