Thursday, December 18, 2008

The James Blackstone Memorial Library, Branford, Connecticut

The James Blackstone Memorial Library was given to Branford by Timothy B. Blackstone in memory of his father, who was born in Branford in 1793.

Architect Solon S. Beman of Chicago, in making plans for the building, chose the Ionic columns in the portico, the marble doorways, and the egg and dart molding in evidence everywhere, which are taken from the Erechtheum on the Acropolis in Athens. For additional information on the building itself, read "Description of Branford Library Building" written by the architect and an article on the library's bronze doors. [SOURCE: The History of the James Blackstone Memorial Library]

There is a great collection of postcards and photos of this library that have been posted by the library staff. Some wonderful shots of interior details. If you are interested in library architecture, excellent material. You can view the collection on Fickr click here. Thanks to
Jason Neely, Reference Librarian
James Blackstone Memorial Library


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