Thursday, February 26, 2009

Temple Of Knowledge

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This is the 1908 addition to one of our city's architectural gems: the Thomas Crane Public Library. This addition, designed by architect William M. Aiken, was added to the to the original H.H. Richardson building, The ell shaped addition created more space and the wall of stained glass “bookplates” at the end of the Aiken wing allowed in more natural light. I love the warm glow of the wood here . . . I never get enough of it.

22 comments:

Kovacs said...

Very nice site, congratulations from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Bonnie Bonsai said...

Wow! Impressive classic architecture! Your cam has excellently focused the essence of the story to perfection.

brattcat said...

Simply gorgeous. I wonder what the acoustics are like in there...perhaps perfect for a violinist <-:?

Shirish said...

This is definitely a place where where I would like to spend time reading and leave with a warm after glow.

mo_inoh said...

WOW I really love the wood work. Thats what I do for a living. Very nice picture

axeman3uk said...

Excellent photography, the form and shape are magical.

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ruxandra said...

perfect place for reading

donnap said...

Very lovely building! Nice capture with the camera.

Hannah said...

One word, "wow"

Marie-Noyale said...

Congrats are in order for the blog of note. Bravo.
Wonderful title... What a treat it must be to stimulate your little grey cells in such an environment!!!
The wood paneling gives so much warm to the place.
Great photograph!

leilani said...

OH my daughter lives in Amesbury !!! i was there in June. I LOVE MASS.!!!!

zöe-chan said...

Fabulous. I surrender myself. No words. The perfect place to travel without walking, to dream without closing your eyes, to fill yourself into the music of golden silence.

Congrats! Keep up this marvellous work, all the best!

Lady P said...

just beautiful - and all those lovely books - I could spend hours there...

asiseesit said...

love the shot. the rich wood feel and colour truly bring warmth into the place. makes reading pleasurable

DAG said...

Beautiful photo of one of the real treasures of Quincy,

JenPB said...

Wow...blog of note! good for you! Nice pix, too. :)

Jilly said...

What a stunning building. I'm not surprised you never tire of it. Temple of Knowledge is a great title. Just to walk through the doors must give a wondrous sense of the importance of learning, of reading.

And very many congratulations on your award as a Blog of Merit. So well deserved.

just a girl trying to find her place in this world said...

The art and craftsmanship in such beautiful woodwork is just amazing to me. If you really think about what it took to create such a beautiful room... wow.

passthewoundsalt said...

I would spend more time looking at the library itself than the books I'm there to read. Wonderful.

Concord Carpenter said...

Awesome display of architectural woodworking details.

Doreen said...

love the woodwork.

great shot!

congrats on "blog of note"

Charlotte said...

That is one library I would have liked to visit.