Boston Public Library

Boston Public Library

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Established in 1848 on Copley Square, the Boston Public Library became the first publicly supported municipal library, as well as the first library to allow the borrowing of books and other materials in the United States. Currently, it houses 14.9 million volumes making it the third largest library, overall, in the country. Opened to the public in 1895, the historic McKim building, designed by Charles Follen McKim, was done in the Renaissance Style with monumental inscriptions and a central courtyard with a bordering arcade. The breathtaking interior boasts seven different types of tiled vaults by the master craftsman Rafael Guastavino. In 1972, a modern addition by Philip Johnson, referred to as a mausoleum, was attached to the west side of the McKim building to house the circulating collections. The Boston Public Library was added to the AIA 150 - America's Favorite Architecture in 2007. Model created by Matt Brown. #Alexandre_Vattemare #Books #Boston #Boylston #Charles_Follen #Copley_Square #Dartmouth #Edward_Everett #George_Ticknor #John_Jacob_Astor #Joshua_Bates #Josiah_Quincy_Jr #Library #MA #Manuscripts #Maps #Massachusetts #McKim #Modernism #Philip_Johnson #Photographs #Prints #Public #Rafael_Guastavino #Renaissance #Research #Trinity_Church #Vaults
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