Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Cozy Hearth

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The woodwork in the H.H. Richardson wing of the Thomas Crane Library is North Carolina pine. Hand carved native plants and berries form part of the ornamental woodwork of the fireplace and was designed by Henry Hobson Richardson's architectural firm. I'm sure the chimney flues are closed now for lots of reasons.


brattcat said...

That gentleman looks as if he belongs there. What a rich, satisfying shot. I do love woodwork. And this is a gorgeous species and finish.

Viewtiful_Justin said...

Beautiful! We don't have anything close to that nice in the way of libraries around Northern IL.

marley said...

How lovely. Great display of craftsmanship.

leilani said...

What a beautiful place !!!

T said...

I want to get lost in there.

Marie-Noyale said...

I visited ,Last winter, some castles in the Loire Valley in France ,
and in almost every room a fire was burning in the fireplaces!! (Chenonceaux, Amboise,) It really was magic ..
I could picture myself in that library reading my book next to the fire!!

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