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Albemarle Historical Society (McIntire Public Library)
This elegant brick building on the east side of Lee Park is marked by a semicircular portico carried on columns with monolithic marble shafts. Flanking niches with urns honoring Homer and Dante give a clue to the building's original function. It was the gift of wealthy Charlottesville native and philanthropist Paul McIntire, who funded numerous projects throughout the city, including the equestrian statue of Robert E. Lee (1924, Henry M. Shrady, finished by Leo Lentelli) across the way in Lee Park. Walter Dabney Blair, who designed the structure and participated in buildings at the university, studied architecture at the University of Pennsylvania and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.
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