William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park


William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park

Infobox presidential library
name =William J. Clinton Presidential Center



caption =
location = Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
construction_start_date =
completion_date =
dedication_date =November 18, 2004
named_for =Bill Clinton
number_of_exhibits =
architect =James Polshek
size =150,000 square feet (14,000 m²)
cost_amount =$165 million
manager =
website = [http://www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org/ Clinton Library]
The William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park includes the Clinton presidential library and the offices of the Clinton Foundation and the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, established by Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States.

Located within a newly built Little Rock, Arkansas city park, the facility, designed by architect James Polshek and museum design firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates, cantilevers over the Arkansas River, echoing Clinton's campaign promise of "building a bridge to the 21st century."While the physical building is the second-largest presidential library after the Ronald Reagan Library, the archives of the Clinton Library are the largest, containing two million photographs, 80 million pages of documents, 21 million e-mail messages, and nearly 80,000 artifacts from the Clinton presidency. The museum showcases artifacts from Clinton's term and includes full-scale replicas of the Clinton-era Oval Office and Cabinet Room. The Clinton School of Public Service is also located on the site.

The park is a leading example of urban renewal. It was built on the site of abandoned railroad tracks of the defunct Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad. The public service school is housed in a former passenger train terminal. A railroad bridge across the Arkansas River, leading to North Little Rock, is in the process of being converted into a pedestrian bridge, although the project has been delayed several times. [ [http://www.fox16.com/news/state/story.aspx?content_id=a3921c25-b6d2-47fe-9e5b-30c9f4ca1665 Work begins on second pedestrian bridge at LR, in River Market - FOX16.com ] ] The library also incorporates aspects of environmentally-sensitive design, earning it a LEED Platinum rating by the US Green Building Council. [http://www.enn.com/top_stories/article/25398]

Opened on November 18, 2004, the Clinton Presidential Center cost $165 million to construct and covers 150,000 square feet (14,000 m²) within a 28-acre (113,000 m²) park.


U.S. Presidents (from left), George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Jimmy Carter during the dedication of the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and Park on November 18, 2004

References

External links

* [http://www.clintonpresidentialcenter.org/ Official Clinton Center website]
* [http://www.clintonlibrary.gov/ Official Clinton Library website]
* [http://www.clintonfoundation.org/ Official Clinton Foundation website]
* [http://clintonschool.uasys.edu/ Official Clinton School website]


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