Tales & Opinions From Maine Regarding Architecture, Art, Books, Design, Landscape, & Occasional Whims
The Bangor Public Library is housed in a handsome Beaux Arts structure designed in 1911, after a devasting fire destroyed much of the downtown, including the previous library building, from which only 29 volumes were saved. The architects were Peabody & Stearns, one of America's finest architectural firms at the turn of the last century. After more than a century, the building's copper roof has reached the end of its life and is being replaced, at a cost of millions.
The showpiece of the building is a skylit central dome, ornamented by stylized acanthus leaf ornaments. The originals are being replaced by exact reproductions, as originally designed by Peabody & Stearns, and the originals will be sold at a silent auction by the Bangor Library on January 21st at 5:00 in the lecture hall. Worth a bid---they are gorgeous, and the funds raised go to a good cause.
Echoes of Florence in Bangor, Maine (Wikimedia Commons)