Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Boston Strong.

Building's tribute to its great architect, Charles Follen McKim.
Front left steps of the Boston Public Library pays tribute to science.

Right side of the steps pays tribute to arts and humanities.

Inner doors.

No lion is complete without inscriptions.

And also the other half of a pair.

Looking upstairs from the central entry.

More of the ceiling and second floor.

A busy reading room.

A look at the stacks.

A fine second floor room in which to hold receptions among those who think.

Geography anyone?

Could you work here?

Temporary Exhibition Space, probably where they will present the Boston Strong exhibition.

I shot these photos in January of 2013, when in Boston for a conference.  Since it's National Library Week and also the place where so many will go to view the Boston Marathon exhibit, I thought you might like to see what a magnificent building it is.  The library dates to 1848 and is the second oldest publically supported municipal library in the United States.  All residents of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have research and borrowing privileges.

CBS did a moving segment  last night on the new exhibit that opens Monday at the library.  The library, like the historic Trinity Church across the street, was just blocks from the finish line of the marathon.