The history of our block


TrueNorth Block

TrueNorth Block


When the City Council elected to build the new Cedar Rapids Public Library on the “TrueNorth” block (on the corner of 5th Avenue and 5th Street), they chose a location with a varied past. The more we learn about the block and the history that surrounds it, the easier it will be to design a building that represents the community.

Dave Rasdal wrote an article for The Gazette (10/13/10) which details the darker history of the block. His article reminds us that while there was once a beautiful high school on the site, there was also a great deal of crime and violence marring the area.

The new library will be designed to really reflect the community as a whole. We are always looking for more ways to incorporate this into the design. Do you have a story to tell about the site? Or about the former library building? Share it with us!


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