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Set in Stone

In 1888, prominent members of Holden, Massachusetts donated and dedicated materials for The Gale Free Public Library, which was originally also a high school. The historical archives note that this unique building features locally quarried granite, with brown sandstone for the detailing. Black and red slate were used on the roofs.

A 1989 addition to the library integrated the old stone walls with morning rose granite, capped with a copper-colored metal roof. The new inside space achieves not only a visually stunning environment, but one which retains a sense of history while celebrating the modern world.

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I live in Central Massachusetts in the United States--a wonderful area for nature, art and culture. Using a compact camera, I celebrate daily life found here in a variety of local landscapes throughout the changing seasons.

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  1. Great building. Fun to see the modern computer equipment with the old stone columns in the background.

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    1. Yeah! I took that pic because I thought it was fun, as well. Thanks for noticing!

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  2. Absolutely beautiful!

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      1. I always wanted a stone house

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  3. Superb and what a beautiful and strong library. Too good.

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    1. It’s a real community center…internet, ebooks, audio, museum passes, courses to take in addition to books.

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      1. Yes must be and awesome πŸ‘πŸ‘ pictures.

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  4. Gorgeous building. The second photo is especially nice with the way you captured angles of the library and the evergreen.

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    1. Thanks! I love the old buildings. Jealous of all the castles you get to see when you visit Scotland!

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      1. They certainly are amazing to experience. πŸ™‚

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