Tuesday, October 29, 2013
1913 City Library, Orchard Branch, Indian Orchard, Massachusetts
[LIB9982] - Opened March 18, 1909, the Indian Orchard Library was built with a grant from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation. This Classical Revival Style building was designed by local architect John Donahue and built by local craftsmen. The Indian Orchard Branch was the first fully staffed suburban branch library in the city. This library has always played an important role as a community center and has traditionally been a place new immigrants could come to learn to become American citizens. [http://www.springfieldlibrary.org/branches/io.html]
When the Indian Orchard branch was restored in 1999-2000, the original glass dome and mosaic floor were rediscovered. [http://bit.ly/Us6ALB] - It is difficult to see this from the outside photos.