Posts tagged: library
Lillian H. Smith Branch: Toronto Public Library
Found this amazing Art Deco Library on College Street in Toronto… you could have knocked me over with a feather when I found the cornerstone… it was built in 1994!
How cool is that?
“The library is every child’s lighthouse. It is every person’s sanctuary. It is every town and county’s fortress in the face of ignorance, intrusion and bad behavior.”
- Amy Bloom
It’s Sunday, a great day to read the books you picked up at the library yesterday!
The building is no longer in use as an open plan library, so inside it has been partitioned into office space. Since this my walk down memory lane, I’ve only photographed recognizable old library bits.
And I’d like to say “Thanks!” to the Habitat for Humanity folks for inviting me inside to take a few photographs.
The Albert Street Waterloo Public Library would probably have been the only place, outside of church, where I was exposed to decorative stained glass windows as a child.
When we went to the library, most often I would be deposited in the basement children’s section, but sometimes I got to go upstairs to the adult section with my Dad.
While Dad would do whatever it was he was there to do, he’d settle me at one of the grown up tables with a book containing pages and pages of Dennis the Menace cartoon strips.
Decorative wood mouldings like these, still found in the 40 Albert Street building today, were considered “old fashioned” in the concrete, glass and plastic worshipping 1960’s.
I’ve often wondered why I love the architecture of old buildings so much, since my early world was populated with a modern house, elementary school and church. Looking back now, I think the architecture of this library played a pretty big part.