Boston Public Library

I nipped out first thing in the morning to catch the early morning light on Boston Public Library, McKim Mead and White’s great classical monument to the idea of public learning, with the names of all the great writers boldly inscribed on its façades.   Charles McKim had been at Harvard – of course – and had been apprenticed to H.H. Richardson.   Based on Alberti and Labrouste’s Bibliotheque Ste. Geneviève in Paris, it represents the turn to classicism in American architecture:-


2 thoughts on “Boston Public Library

  1. Ivan Gaskell says:

    One of the prominent inscriptions on the exterior of the Boston Public Library reads: “The Commonwealth requires the education of the people as the safeguard of order and liberty”—an especially apt sentiment in these perilous days for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and our entire nation.

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