The Country Library Versus the Donor and the Architect

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Wright & Potter Print. Company, State Printers, 1915 - Library architecture - 9 pages
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Page 9 - Don't put a Greek temple or the Pennsylvania Railroad station in a New England village for a library. "Don't have a reading room look like an institution, but like a home. "Don't forget that winters are long and cold, and if your building will need fifty tons of coal to heat it, provide funds to pay for this. "Don't forget that daylight is more pleasant to read by than any other light, and that there should be plenty of it. "Don't forget that a library is a building for books, and that they will...
Page 1 - The latter may be partly separated by low partitions and handsome columns, sometimes of real marble with carved capitals, on which, with the beautifully decorated ceiling, much money has been expended. Everything is most elaborately finished, and to put up a list of books without a Florentine frame or stretch wire for a row of pictures would seem a desecration. Now, as none of us country folk live in marble halls, and never even dream that We do...
Page 8 - The librarian was asked if that was not rather a small provision for readers, but she said they never used to have many. Naturally they did not, for the old quarters were very uncomfortable, but with a pleasant room they may be expected to increase, especially as the town has a large summer hotel. It is good to relate that there is abundant shelving around these alcoves. The reference room...
Page 3 - There I have you," says the donor. " Why do you want all that extra space? They have been for fifty years in a room 12 by 15 feet; if I give them floor space four times that they ought to go down on their knees to me, and I can lie peacefully on my deathbed and think of that lovely painted ceiling, and wonder if Paradise can hold anything more beautiful. Also, I doubt if you are giving height enough for my full-length portrait.
Page 9 - But a remedy is not easily found. Architectural schools might be requested to introduce a course on library buildings, laying special stress on the fact that their primary purpose is to hold books, in an e\7er-increasing ratio.
Page 2 - Questioning a librarian on this point she shivered, although it was then midsummer, saying, "Oh, my, how cold it is!" It may be called a long look ahead, but by and by repairs will be needed for this high ceiling, which will be very costly, requiring expense for staging, and probably causing disuse of the library for the time.
Page 4 - Tyngsborough, — a low, onestory building, with half partitions made of bookcases, where partitions are desirable, an open fireplace at each end of the room, and many corners where the reader can be comfortably stowed. The library at Greenfield and that at Medford are examples of the plan suggested for two stories, both owing their charm to the fact that they are reconstructed dwelling houses.
Page 8 - ... be careful of the stairs!" The mahogany charging desk must have been very expensive, but the architect did not consult the librarian, and it must be altered to suit their charging system. A $50,000 marble palace in a town of less than...
Page 2 - But now in come the donor and the architect, and it is difficult to tell which of them is the more responsible or reprehensible. The building is to be inscribed "In memory of Samuel Smith...

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