You are here

Margaret Clapp Library

-A A +A
1908–1909, Shepley, Rutan and Coolidge; 1916 addition, Henry O. Whitfield; 1956–1958, 1975 additions, Shepley, Bulfinch, Richardson and Abbott. Wellesley College.

The original building, funded by Andrew Carnegie, is a fine example of the American Renaissance by the firm that succeeded to the practice of H. H. Richardson. The bronze doors, depicting Sapientia and Caritas, are the work of Evelyn B. Longman; the flanking statues in niches are copies of the Lemnian Athena and the Hesta Giustiniani. The central, segmentally vaulted reading room (now the reference area) houses portraits of the college presidents; adjoining rooms retain some of the massive Renaissance Revival reading tables designed by the firm. The window treatment on the addition to the right reflects the influence of Eero Saarinen's U.S. Embassy in London (1956–1959).

Writing Credits

Keith N. Morgan



  • 1908

  • 1916

  • 1956

  • 1975


What's Nearby


Keith N. Morgan, "Margaret Clapp Library", [Wellesley, 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, 518-518.

If SAH Archipedia has been useful to you, please consider supporting it.

SAH Archipedia tells the story of the United States through its buildings, landscapes, and cities. This freely available resource empowers the public with authoritative knowledge that deepens their understanding and appreciation of the built environment. But the Society of Architectural Historians, which created SAH Archipedia with University of Virginia Press, needs your support to maintain the high-caliber research, writing, photography, cartography, editing, design, and programming that make SAH Archipedia a trusted online resource available to all who value the history of place, heritage tourism, and learning.