Brookline Public Library // 1907

The stunning Brookline Public Library building was constructed in 1907 is actually the second library building on the site. Before a separate library building was constructed in Brookline, a space was utilized in the Town Hall, until the city grew large enough to warrant a separate building. A Second Empire style library was built in 1869 later expanded, next door to the Town Hall. The building was later replaced for a larger structure in 1907 after an architectural competition concluded with architect R. Clipston Sturgis winning the commission. The Classical Revival building is constructed of brick with limestone trim and quoins. The amazing columned portico at the second floor is my personal favorite feature.

One thought on “Brookline Public Library // 1907

  1. Ken Liss June 17, 2021 / 4:42 pm

    Hi – Great site. I’m glad to have found it and will link to some of your pages. FYI, the date on the library building is incorrect. The state’s MACRIS database also says 1907, but that is wrong. The cornerstone was laid in November 1909; the building opened in August 1910; the official dedication of the building was in November 1910.

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