Williamson pulled out all the stops to convey the cultural importance of his hometown library. It is a densely ornamented and richly textured essay in brick, shingle, and pressed copper that is not unlike contemporary English Aesthetic movement designs such as C. H. Townsend's Bishopsgate Institute in London (1894). Like Frank Furness's library at the University of Pennsylvania (
PH147.3), whose windows were ornamented with
After N. High Street, Church Street is the city's most important north–south street. To the north, where Virginia Street intersects, are two remarkable houses: that at the southwest corner is probably by Frank Furness, c. 1880; and at the northeast corner a competing Queen Anne house that has been adapted as a bed-and-breakfast is possibly an early work by Williamson.