Saturday, April 24, 2010

Shadow Shot Sunday - Derby Neck

The look of the past is often full of interesting shapes with unique lighting highlights.

So for Shadow Shot Sunday, I looked for another architectural gem, and found it in the next town over, that being Derby CT. The subject in question is the beautiful Derby Neck Library. We are looking here at the original structure opened in 1907.

This is a place that includes our family history. Our children went to story hours and readings when they were little, and when they were big, Allegra worked there and Cameron learned about taking and editing video as part of a teen library group (and actually produced a video). So it has sentimental value, too...


The history of the library is quite interesting itself: The Library was started in 1897 by local industrialist Wilbur Osborne who donated $50 for books for the nearby Derby Neck School.

By 1900, the collection housed on the school's second floor, had grown to 1,350, and an Association was formed to raise funds for the library by holding fairs and entertainments.

When the collection reached 3,000 volumes, it was feared that the school floor would collapse, so Mr. Osborne contacted Andrew Carnegie to solicit funds to construct a building. Mr. Carnegie contributed $3,000 toward the construction of the building as long as the city would contribute a modest yearly amount toward its operation.



Two additions have been added, in 1972 and 2002, and these are architecturally similar to the original. Like last week's Ansonia Library, the interior is beautiful, and the detailing in the woodwork and colors is from a distant era. I need to get pictures of the inside here too. Bold Victorian colors like teal and mauve are accented by the exquisite trim.

I think if we had having a home styled and outfitted like this, we couldn't wait to entertain...




Yesterday was a beautiful day, and since it was closed on Friday (but open on Sunday afternoon), I could position the minivan just so and fire away.

I arranged my schedule to have a day off. The sky was a perfect blue and the temperature was a lovely 71°F (22°C), with a strong but nice breeze. The late April sun allows for a series of great shadows, and this is the subject I chose for said shadows.

Shadows abound, so please visit Tracy at Hey Harriet and see many shadow artistes!


34 comments:

sarayutouched said...

looks like a wonderful way to spend your time off!! everything is green and beautiful.

bobbie said...

The library building looks very inviting, and there are many lovely shadows. Interesting history too.

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Very education explanation, thank you!

Your surroundings is so beautiful and clean. Looks the sun really shines on U.

Have a happy SS

Sylvia K said...

I do love libraries and this is such a lovely one! Thanks for the history as well as your beautiful photos and wonderful shadow shots! What a great way to spend your day!! Hope you have a terrific weekend!

Sylvia

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

the library lawn—
find some shade, open a book—
words whisk you away


Wisdom stone

Rosebud Collection said...

What a beautiful library. Of course they keep it looking lovely.
Nice history that went with the pictures. Thanks you for sharing.
Happy SSS.

Catherine said...

looks like a real perfect day for shadows...some lovely patterns here...

ADonald466 said...

An interesting and informative post. I have visited Andrew Carnegie's birthplace in Dunfermline (in Scotland)

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Sweet Repose said...

Fascinating history, I love the part about the school floor...to care so much about books and education is a nobel thing, too bad so many youth have no interest in books and history.

What an interesting name for this city...but Muscatine Iowa is also a strange name and nobody knows for sure where it came from, probably Native American.

It's warm and humid and cloudy...comin' your way!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots. Very interesting place.

chubskulit said...

What I look forward to in your entry is the educational information that goes with the photos. Thanks for the bits and pieces that you always shared with us.

How long did Allegra work there?

LDH said...

Beautiful April shadows and interesting story of the growth of the library.

Nice visiting, Ralph!

Sam said...

Lovely building and shadows Ralph! I thoroughly enjoy reading about the history of your shadow shots. Is that Carnegie as in Carnegie Hall fame? I'm thinking it might be. I particularly like that last shot with the stars and stripes flapping in the wind - your flag is so iconic and wonderful! Have a lovely weekend!

Cassie said...

Sure enjoy the travelogue along with your terrific Shadow Shots!

Chasing Purple Dreams said...

What a lovely building. I'm glad you had such great weather for your day off.

Patti said...

This is a great post, Ralphie! The photos came out really well.

Greyscale Territory said...

A wonderful subject to show a range of shadows! Really enjoyed the information you offered in this post! Happy weekend!

judi said...

Brisk breeze? I'd say from the looks of that flag! I have a fondness for libraries, I love books. Great shots.

Dimple said...

Another nice series Ralph! Libraries are wonderful places.
The office building has a number of professionals occupying small suites, and most of them are not so lovely inside. But the beauty of the atrium is shared by everyone entering or leaving any of the offices. I guess they get their work done somehow!

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

I like the shadows and your story. Very meaningful.
Thanks for your visit also.
Frenchy

Martha Z said...

This is much larger than our little Carnegie Library. The city has been trying to keep it open along with a new large library in another part of town. Alas, we are so short of money that the city may close the Carnegie and limit the new library hours to 24 a week.

MyMaracas said...

The cool blue reflections on the windows are so inviting, as if promising a deep pool of tranquility within. Carnegie libraries, to me seem exactly right, beautiful temples for knowledge and learning.

Looks like you had a great day off!

Paula Scott said...

Good choice! And, informative too! It is indeed a lovely example of good design. And, I too, would not hesitate to entertain in that gem!

Hey Harriet said...

I enjoyed learning about the history of this magificent looking library. And the photos are just lovely! I hope you continue having wonderful weather for the remainder of your weekend!

BLOGitse said...

You have the same temperature what we here in Casa!
I'm so happy seeing old buildings like that.
They have a special story to tell us and to future generations as well...

Have a great week ahead!

BLOGitsePHOTOS

EG Wow said...

What a beautiful library, Ralph. The library in my town is woefully inadequate. Thank goodness for the inter-library system that allows us to borrow books from across Canada and sometimes the U.S.

Carin said...

WOW what a wonderful building..... and a great book collection inside.... oh if I lived in the area you would know where to find me if I went missing!

Enjoy your week!

fredamans said...

Some beautiful shots! Love the architecture of the building. Very nice!

Laura Hegfield said...

beautiful shadow photos...how wonderful to have such fond memories of a place that you can still go and visit.

sunnymama said...

Great shadows and fascinating stories behind the pictures! :)

Clytie said...

Great building ... beautiful shadows ... wonderful history!

Happy SSS!

Lisa's RetroStyle said...

What an attractive old building, and you've captured some lovely shadows.

Paz said...

Nice-looking building and nice history. Nice shadow shot, too.

Paz

Sammy said...

What a beautiful building, thank you for the detailed history it's an inspiration, love the shadows too :-)