Boston Public Library
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|Architect||McKim, Mead, and White||
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|Location||Boston, Massachusetts map|
|Date||1887 to 1895 timeline|
|Building Type||public library|
|Construction System||bearing masonry, stone|
|Notes||Modern addition by Philip Johnson.|
2 street views of Boston Public Library
Photo panorama, large size, elevation overview showing general context circa 1910
Additional images available on The GBC CD-ROM. Contributions appreciated
More drawings available on The GBC CD-ROM. Contributions appreciated
|Discussion||Boston Public Library Commentary
"The centerpiece of McKim, Mead & White's architecture, the Boston Public Library, was a major procreating force of the American Renaissance. The library was the first public building that demonstrated the possibilities of collaborative art, and was the first great example of 'civic art.'"
Richard Guy Wilson. McKim, Mead & White Architects. New York: Rizzoli, 1983. p134.
At Copley Square, across from Trinity Church.
Sources on Boston Public Library
Roger H. Clark and Michael Pause. Precedents in Architecture. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1985. diagram, p173. Updated edition available at Amazon.com
Edward Ford. The Details of Modern Architecture. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 1990. ISBN 0-262-06121-X. interior photo of Bates hall, f3.3, p54. Highly recommended for serious observers, and available at Amazon.com
Donlyn Lyndon. The City Observed: Boston. New York: Vintage Books, 1982. ISBN 0-394-74894-8. LC 81-40199. NA735.B7L96. exterior, interior, detail photos, discussion, p166-170.
McKim, Mead, & White. The Architecture of McKim, Mead, & White in Photographs, Plans, and Elevations. New York: Dover Publications, 1990. ISBN 0-486-26556-0. LC 90-43684. NA737.M4A4. photo of inner courtyard, plate 103. photo of facade, plate 100.
Marcus Whiffen and Frederick Koeper. American Architecture, Volume 2. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1984. discussion, p270-271, exterior photo, f216, p271. An excellent survey of American architecture. Reprint Edition available at Amazon.com
Richard Guy Wilson. McKim, Mead and White, Architects. New York: Rizzoli International Publications, 1983. Interior perspective photo of Bates Hall, f189, p143.
Kevin Matthews. The Great Buildings Collection on CD-ROM. Artifice, 2001. ISBN 0-9667098-4-5. Available at Amazon.com
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