Sepia Saturday - Larger Libraries

I have two library postcards in my collection. Both libraries have undergone massive expansions in the past two decades.
The Waterville Public Library was given to the town in 1905 by the Andrew Carnegie Foundation. They funded hundreds of library projects in America. It's of a very distinct Richardsonian architecture.
The current photo shows the rear of the newest addition. You can still see the spire of the original tower. Although the front facade has not changed it is no longer used as the main entrance.

The Newburyport Public Library was featured on this blog just a few weeks ago. It was once a stately old mansion visited by dignitaries such as Washington, Adams, and LaFayette. When the weight of the collection started to sag the old wooden floors and balconies it became time to expand as shown in the left photo. The expansion was enabled when the former YMCA building the sat to the left of the mansion was destroyed by fire.


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