Esto Gallery: Presidential Libraries

Lyndon Baines Johnson Library, Austin, Texas, by Gordon Bunshaft / Skidmore, Owings & Merrill.

The LBJ Library sits on 30 acres of the University of Texas at Austin.

Unadorned travertine walls on the east and west provide a monolithic appearance for the museum.

The 10-story building offers views toward downtown Austin.

Lady Bird Johnson's office at the LBJ Library.

A ceremonial staircase at the heart of the museum and library.

William J. Clinton Presidential Center, Little Rock, Ark., by Polshek Partnership Architects (now known as Ennead Architects).

The main approach to the Clinton Presidential Center cuts through a 30-acre city park beside the river.

The structure of the Clinton Library cantilevers over the Arkansas River.

Exterior circulation adds a thermal buffer to the museum, contributing to its LEED Platinum certification.

Exhibitions were designed by Ralph Appelbaum.

The Clinton Library features over 79,000 artifacts.

The library also contains an archive of 21 million emails.

President Bill Clinton's oval office was recreated within the library.

Extensive glazing allows daylight to reach interior spaces, while providing views toward the Arkansas River and the surrounding park.

A solar screen reduces interior solar gain, while temperatures are mitigated by demand-controlled ventilation and radiant floors.

FDR Presidential Library Visitor Center, Hyde Park, N.Y., by R.M. Kliment & Frances Halsband Architects with exhibition design and signage by C&G Partners.

A tile mosaic map inlaid in the floor shows Hyde Park as it appeared in the 1940s.

The 50,000-square-foot visitor center expands offices for FDR Library administrative staff while providing additional exhibition space.

Extensive glazing allows views out to the courtyard, which features life-sized statues of Franklin and Eleanor Roosebelt, and beyond, to the FDR Museum.

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