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...