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Blackstone branch interior
Blackstone branch interior
TitleBlackstone branch interior
DescriptionFrom text: "This beautiful structure is worthy of particular mention, not only because it is one of the finest and costliest library buildings of its size in the world, but also because it marks the beginning of the branch library system in Chicago. The location is a triangular lot at the intersection of Lake and Washington avenues and Forty-ninth street... It is constructed of white granite in the pure Ionic-Grecian style, modeled after the famous Erectheum at Athens. The interior embodies a book-room on the left, with a capacity of 20, 000 volumes, a reading room on the right, and a small reading room for young people at the rear, all opening from a rotunda that is finished in pure Italian statuary marble, and is surmounted by a dome embellished with decorative panels by Oliver Dannatt Grover."
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RepositoryUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Subject NameChicago Public Library
SubjectPublic libraries
Coverage-SpatialKenwood (Chicago, Ill.)
PublisherUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
University of Illinois at Chicago
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Sub-CollectionInterior Scenes
Book TitleThe Chicago public library; a handbook
Author of the BookChicago Public Library.
CollectionPicture Chicago
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