Monday, April 12, 2010

Ruby Tuesday - Lending Library



Ruby Tuesday arrives with a classic small city (18,500) look in its library. At wheelchair height, no less.


The Ansonia Library was built in 1891-92. The exterior walls were constructed of red Longmeadow freestone from western Massachusetts. The foundation walls were constructed of granite from quarries in Ansonia.















Details abound, with a pyramid shaped roof, a dramatic arched entrance was located at one corner of the building next to a large rounded, arched entrance, and leaded glass windows. The interior is beautiful too, with plenty of oak, a stone fireplace and vaulted ceilings (itself worthy of a future blog post I’d say :>)


The library - was dedicated in 1892. However it sat vacant for four years because the town fathers refused to provide the $1,500 per year toward the operating expenses. The administrators relented in 1896 by finally voting the annual $1,500 appropriation. Government was no less accommodating then...


See the ruby fun at Mary's great meme!







21 comments:

Leora said...

What a beauty of a library. I assume it now has wheelchair access? Maybe via an elevator? They don't build libraries (or other buildings) like that anymore.

judi said...

Oh I love this one! The windows are fantastic, like a castle. Is the roof copper? looks like weathered copper. nice. I hope you do the interior in a post.

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

beautiful post..nice story behind those red roof

Carletta said...

The time and effort to lay the stone gives an indication of the dedication to excellent architecture and to the work ethic of our forefathers.
Leora's right in that they don't make them this way anymore but it's nice to know some still stand.
Beautiful shots Ralph!

fredamans said...

Thank you for all your wonderful comments. I have tagged you;

http://fredamans.blogspot.com/2010/04/photo-tag.html

maryt/theteach said...

Incredible details and red stone is perfect for Ruby Tuesday, Ralph! :)

ilanadavita said...

Lovely building. It make sme think of England.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful library, at a first glance I thought that was a church.

Nostalgic Marveling

Felisol said...

So many elaborate details on this wonderful building.
Noveau-Gothic they seem to me.
Your wheel chair perspective give the building some interesting angles.

I have actually laid down on the ground once, to make a picture of our old stone church.

Makes one wonder and admire.
Have a happy Ruby Tuesday
From Felisol

EG Wow said...

The library is a handsome building. I LOVE the copper roof.

Ann said...

They should keep all buildings. Once demolish, so much beauty is gone.

The Cunning Runt said...

That's quite a beautiful building, somewhat typical of New England small-town libraries.

Nice shots, Ralph; makes me want to go!

Jim said...

You have posted some wonderful pictures of this old library. I really do like the brickwork, it all fits yet there is a variety of bricks.
Are there any books to read in it?
Happy RT! Next time a Chevy for you (but it is blue??).
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Mar said...

Beautiful librarly, love the red stone.

My Ruby Tuesday

Robin said...

What a beautiful building, I wish they still built them like that.

Great story about the funding too. Some things never change.

Dianne said...

the stone work is so beautiful
wonderful photos!!

DrillerAA09 said...

What a striking structure. I had to know more, since it reminded me of a H.H. Richardson design. However, George Keller was the architect of this wonderful work. Keller and Richardson practiced architecture during the same period, only Richardson died at the age of 47, while Keller lived to be 93. Great photo. Thanks for peaking my interest this morning.

Marice said...

classic :) and the looks of it is perfect for a library ;)

u may view mine too here

nonizamboni said...

What a treasure! And a sigh of relief from here that cooler heads prevailed.
The stonework is beautiful.

Susan L (lily40au) said...

beautiful red brick ... and classic design.

My Ruby Post

Johnny Nutcase said...

what a great building, looks like it's got a lot of character!