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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.

About the author jmankowsky

This photo blog features the seasonal changes in nature observed in my own backyard and a variety of local environments. The Wachusett Meadow Audubon Sanctuary in Princeton, MA is often highlighted as a model for the positive effects a small nature preserve can have on the larger environment and the local community. Local sites of historical, cultural and recreational interest are spotlighted as well. All photographs were taken by me. Thank you so much for visiting.

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11 Comments

  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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