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Old Jones Memorial Library

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1905–1908, Frye and Chesterman; 1924 land-scape, Bremer Pond. 434 Rivermont Ave.

Acting as an architectural introduction to Rivermont, where Rivermont Avenue begins its initial ascent, this cream-colored brick Beaux-Arts composition has a monumental stairway leading to a recessed, giant-order Ionic portico. A full entablature contains words indicating some of the themes that library patrons could expect to find within: oratory, history, discovery, science, and poetry. A solid parapet surmounting the entablature partially hides the base of a low saucer dome that caps the composition. The richly detailed interior centers around the domed lobby, which originally held the circulation desk. The library moved in 1987. Boston landscape architect Pond designed the landscape plan with the steps and the balustraded terraces that were added in 1924.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Anne Carter Lee

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