Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Public Library, Waterville, Maine

[LIB2599] Since 1896, the Waterville Public Library has been a center for community and learning, a place where people and ideas connect. The Waterville Public Library is located in a lovely old building built at the turn of the 20th Century. In 1902, the town of Waterville benefited, as did many American and European towns, from the generosity of Andrew Carnegie. Known as Carnegie libraries, these libraries often shared a distinctive architectural style called Richardsonian Romanesque, created by library architect Henry Richardson in the late 19th century. Characteristics of the Richardson Romanesque style are a Norman tower, dramatic semicircular arches, and a rugged appearance. The Waterville Library building is typical of this look with its rounded arches, distinctive roofline and fancy stonework. The 1976 addition has bigger windows and no granite, but its horizontal lines blend with those of the original building. [Website]

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