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Knight Memorial Library

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1923–1924, Edward S. Tilton. 271 Elmwood Ave.

This must be one of the last library buildings to pay such pious obeisance to McKim, Mead and White's Neo-Renaissance Boston Public Library, a good thirty years after its building and twenty-five years after Willson used the same inspiration for the main Providence Public Library building ( PR13). Both employed yellow brick with stone trim, but whereas Willson's sparkled with ornament, Tilton's is severe and chaste in aspect.

Writing Credits

William H. Jordy et al.


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William H. Jordy et al., "Knight Memorial Library", [Providence, Rhode Island], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Rhode Island, William H. Jordy, with Ronald J. Onorato and William McKenzie Woodward. New York: Oxford University Press, 2004, 132-132.

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