Monday, June 29, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Library, Fonthill, Pennsylvania

Largest of the several libraries throughout the house, this room's vaulted ceiling, its groins decorated with Mercer tiles, rises two stories providing a balcony level. The fireplace mantel face, also in Mercer tiles, depicts scenes from the discovery of the New World. "Fonthill," built 1908-1910, was the home of the late Dr. Henry Chapman Mercer, Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2009

c1905 Morrill Library, Norwood, MA

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In 1898, Mr. and Mrs. George H. Morrill presented the Morrill Memorial Library building to the town in memory of their daughter Sara Bond, who had recently died of typhoid fever. Joseph H. Neal of Pittsburgh was the architect of the Romanesque style granite building which featured stained glass, elegant mahogany woodwork and furnishings. [SOURCE]

Public Library, Bloomfield, NJ

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1906 Public Library, North Adams, MA

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1892: Having quickly outgrown its quarters, the library moved to rooms in the RICHARDSON HOUSE at the corner or North Church and East Main Streets. [SOURCE: HISTORY OF THE LIBRARY]

1941 Public Library, Los Angeles, California

[LIB3549] Special Collection The Los Angeles Public Library's History and Genealogy Department's Photo Collection emphasizes the history of Los Angeles, Southern California, and California. This Internet-accessible collection is one of the treasures of the Central Library. [Website]

The Baker Library, Harvard Business School, MA

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Library, Whittier, CA

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On April 17, 1900 the Whittier Public Library Board of Trustees held its first meeting in Landrum Smith's drugstore. With an initial collection of 60 books and 200 magazines, the library facilities began in the Woody Building as a reading room, maintained by Mr. Hester in exchange for space for his telegraph office. In 1907, a Carnegie grant funded the construction of the building at Bailey and Greenleaf that many Whittierites fondly remember. [SOURCE]

Exhibition Hall, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington DC

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1908 Public Library, Lynn, MA

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c1910 Soldiers' Monument and Library, Lynn, MA

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1909 Soldiers' Monument and Library, Lynn, MA

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Widener Memorial Library, Harvard University, MA

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The Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library, commonly known as Widener Library, is the primary building of the library system of Harvard University. Located on the south side of Harvard Yard directly across from Memorial Church, Widener serves as the centerpiece of the 15.6 million-volume Harvard University Library system, the largest university library system in the world. [WIKIPEDIA]


1937 Chicago Public Libraries, IL

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"Pictured you see the four leading libraries in Chicago. The Chicago Public Library, Harper Memorial Library, John Crerar Library and the Newberry Library. Chicago is truly a bookish town."

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

1938 Davis Library, The Phillips Exeter Academy, Exeter, NH

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The Davis Library was designed by Ralph Adams Cram. Today it houses the financial aid offices. [SOURCE WIKIPEDIA]

1908 Interior View, Public Library, Cedar Rapids, IA

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The Cedar Rapids Public Library was established in 1895. In the early years, the library was located in a variety of locations including upper floors of the Granby and Dows buildings. In 1901, Andrew Carnegie pledged to donate $75,000 to the construction of a new Library. The Carnegie library opened in the spring of 1905. Over the next 80 years, there were continuous expansion projects at the Carnegie Library. [SOURCE]

Gale Memorial Library, Laconia, NH

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Napoleon Bonaparte Gale, a local banker, died in 1894. He was kind-hearted, generous, enterprising and greatly respected. He left the bulk of his fortune to the City of Laconia for a park and a public library building. Land was purchased and the building was under construction from 1901-1903. It was dedicated in June 1903. The Gale Memorial Building houses the Laconia Public Library and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The main library building is a fine example of Romanesque Revival style – a style that emphasizes weight and mass through rock-faced masonry, heavy arches, and broad roofs. This style was inspired by H. H. Richardson designed by Boston architect Charles Bingham and built by E. Noyes Whitcomb and Co. of Boston, using Deer Island granite, New Brunswick granite, oak paneling, and stained glass windows. [SOURCE]

1924 Public Library, Elkhart, Indiana

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1903 Elkhart Public Carnegie Library opens (October 2nd) - This Carnegie library was demolished in 1970. [SOURCE]