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Two Antique Chairs

two antique chairs
two antique chairs

Two Antique Chairs

The style and craftsmanship of things made a century or more ago always intrigues me, especially since these chairs have been in every day service in a public library for all that time, and they are still sound and sturdy, though more attractive than comfortable. The room is large and bright, but they are in a dim corner, and the uncertain light softens their edges.

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Public Library: 2011

two people using a computer

Public Library

The public computers in the public library provide just as much an opportunity as the books on the shelves ever did. Decades ago, my grandparents learned to read at this library along with other immigrants and then used the library in the midst of all the other dozens of nationalities residents in Carnegie. Now generations of people are still visiting the library, still representing the variety of people in our community, still taking advantage of what it offers, free to the people.


Reflections and Reality

window with reflections

Reflections and Reality

Hard to tell which is which as autumn leaves are both clearly reflected upon and seen through these corner windows of Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall in Carnegie. A window in its Italianate style, tiny Corinthian column topped by a fountain of familiar symmetrical arches and circle above in terra cotta, warm clay brick in courses and arched above and a cool limestone sill seen in all its detail and color, and also in silhouette through the window, built solid to last a century and counting.


Public Library

two people using a computer

Public Library

The public computers in the public library provide just as much an opportunity as the books on the shelves ever did. Decades ago, my grandparents learned to read at this library along with other immigrants and then used the library in the midst of all the other dozens of nationalities residents in Carnegie. Now generations of people are still visiting the library, still representing the variety of people in our community, still taking advantage of what it offers, free to the people.


Book Nook

man reading book in library

Book Nook

This window looks into the library from the elevator lobby; when the elevator was added, a large corner of the reading area was taken from the library area. The elevator was such an asset to the elderly and disabled who hadn’t been able to visit the building at all without a great amount of help that no one minded losing this quiet corner. But to allow the flow of light this window was added between the two areas and a little private reading area established with a really comfy chair and a lamp as if you’re reading at home.


Two Antique Chairs

photo of two antique stick chairs

Two Antique Chairs

The style and craftsmanship of things made a century or more ago always intrigues me, especially since these chairs have been in every day service in a public library for all that time, and they are still sound and sturdy, though more attractive than comfortable. The room is large and bright, but they are in a dim corner, and the uncertain light softens their edges.