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Henry Hobson Richardson and the small public library in America : a study in typology

Author: Kenneth A Breisch
Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"One natural outcome of the educational reform movement of the 1840s was the growth of the American public library. Though the first public libraries were housed in post offices and town halls, even in local drug stores, growing book collections soon forced cities and towns to recognize the need for larger, more appropriate buildings, some 450 of which were built in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Named Person: H H Richardson; H H Richardson; H H Richardson
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Kenneth A Breisch
ISBN: 0262024160 9780262024167
OCLC Number: 35559247
Description: xii, 354 p. : ill. ; 26 cm.
Contents: 1. Strongholds of Noble Political and Civil Life --
2. Handsome Bindings and Vistas of Shelves: American Library Design to 1875 --
3. Woburn: "A Model Village Library" --
4. Epitome of Design: Libraries in North Easton and Quincy --
5. Et in Arcadia Ego --
6. Competition in East Saginaw --
7. Epilogue.
Responsibility: Kenneth A. Breisch.

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"One natural outcome of the educational reform movement of the 1840s was the growth of the American public library. Though the first public libraries were housed in post offices and town halls, even in local drug stores, growing book collections soon forced cities and towns to recognize the need for larger, more appropriate buildings, some 450 of which were built in the latter half of the nineteenth century. The most important and influential architect of the era was Henry Hobson Richardson (1838-1886), perhaps best known for his design of Boston's Trinity Church."--BOOK JACKET.

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