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North End Branch Public Library

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1965, Carl Koch and Associates. 25 Parmenter St.
  • North End Branch Public Library (Keith Morgan)

Set into the core of a block of taller brick tenements, the one-story North End Branch Public Library is a surprise within its neighborhood. Mindful of the predominantly Italian origin of neighborhood residents, the architect ornamented the library's brick exterior with colored-glass tiles, although they seem more Pre-Columbian than Italian in inspiration. He designed the interior as a courtyard, paved with stone and marked by plantings and a pool. A white marble bas-relief memorial to Dante by Luciano Campise was brought here from the previous branch library at 3A N. Bennet Street (1913). Lit by a clerestory, this simulated garden space is covered by concrete roof paraboloids supported on nine columns.

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan


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Keith N. Morgan, "North End Branch Public Library", [Boston, Massachusetts], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Massachusetts

Buildings of Massachusetts: Metropolitan Boston, Keith N. Morgan, with Richard M. Candee, Naomi Miller, Roger G. Reed, and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2009, 90-90.

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