I LOVED THIS PLACE. It was one of the coolest things I have ever seen. If you have never been to the Boston Public Library and you have the chance you should go. Livs, her boyfriend Mike, their friend Mike and I went one rainy afternoon and it was amazing. We probably spent two hours wandering through the seemingly never ending rooms in this massive building and I could have spent many many more both exploring and looking through the books. The building is quite neat because it has both a very old side and a very new side. I don’t know much more than that but you can read about it here: http://www.bpl.org/general/history.htm . Next time I’m in Boston I’ll definitely be taking a guided tour. I think my favourite part of this experience was that we were so free to explore so many of the beautiful rooms completely on our own. Rarely did we come across a door we couldn’t open. Most of the time it felt like we were in a museum more than a library. It was so amazing and I wish I could share the whole thing with you. But alas I can’t, so here are some of the highlights!
On a rainy Boston day we embarked on an adventure….
This adventure took us across many wet cross walks.
To the Boston Public Library! This is Livs and I on the steps. At this point I had no clue how interesting what was beyond that door was.
The building has an old side and a new side. This is the beautiful entrance we walked through in the old side.
This study space is so inspiring, how could you sit in here and not get lots done?
I have this weird fascination with the design of objects that people interact with directly. I absolutely fell in love with how beautiful this water fountain is. You should seriously give that 99PI about the history of water fountains a listen- you might appreciate them a little more after hearing it!
This is the ceiling in the atrium that connects the old side of the building with the new side. I love the simplistic geometric pattern of the windows. It was about four or six stories high.
From many of the windows we could see this very interesting looking court yard. Eventually, we went on an expedition to find it. This hallway of it reminded me a lot of a courtyard I visited in Westminster Abbey.
Everything looked enchanted in the rain. THE WORLD IS SO BEAUTIFUL!
A more full view of the courtyard. Imagine being able to study in here any time!
We then ventured on down many seemingly abandoned hallways until we found this room. There were only three people in here – a librarian and two patrons looking through books. All of those dressers contain catalogues of all the books in the library written on tiny little cards.
Livs, her boyfriend Mike, and their friend Mike, looking through one of the dressers.
There were all these beautiful marble sculptures just randomly placed in the hallways. They reminded me a lot of sculptures I looked at in the Louvre… I was pretty surprised they weren’t featured more prominently on display. I can’t even imagine carving something like this.
Still in that very quiet room with all the dressers filled with cards. This window looks out onto that courtyard we had previously visited.
There were two (what appeared to be, but I’m not completely sure) printing presses in the hallway we used to get to that very quiet room. They were neat to look at.
The other printing press.
This is a hallway in the library. A HALLWAY in the LIBRARY. This place was unreal.
We found this funny little water feature on the wall in a very dark alcove. This is what I saw when I turned around and looked back out of the alcove.