Monday, 2 September 2013

The Old public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Interior of the Old Main building- The public library of Cincinnati and Hamilton






 The Main Hall featured five tiers of cast-iron alcoves that housed over 200,000 books.


These images are of the Old Building of the original Cincinnati and Hamilton country Library. In 1874 the Public library of Cincinnati moved into the small building originally meant to be an opera house, Sadly by the 1950's the library outgrew the building and it was knocked down. So sad.... espcially when you look at its grim replacement....


8 comments:

LANA said...

What a shame, that old library was so beautiful. Loved the spiral staircases! I agree, the replacement is ugly. Thanks for showing us the photos of the old one, I had never seen it before.

the wild magnolia said...

My favorite things, books! Old buildings, bygone times.

Sad many do not value our past.

Great post.

Moon to Moon said...

It is so sad isnt it? I dont understand what they were thinking :(

My Grama's Soul said...

It is so very sad that they tear down these beautiful old buildings...and replace them with some modern version. Also....it is so very sad that so many old book stores are disappearing. I used to be able to go into some small wonderful spot and browse for hours get a cup of coffee and just sit and real. Alas....there are so very few of these gems left over here anymore.

Gabi....this was a wonderful post...and it is especially nice to see that the younger generation really appreciates the beautiful and the old.

xo

Jo

Alice Bradshaw said...

Oh my god the perfect place in the world... So shame for it destruction.
It must be a magical place...
Xxx
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Jean at www.drossintogold.com said...

I can't believe it!! I was just in Ohio, and as I saw the beginning of your post, I got excited thinking that I should visit that beautiful building when I go back. Then I saw the dreary replacement. It's a shame.

I thought of you, however, this past week (in Ohio!). I was given a hand crocheted bedspread that my husband's grandmother made. It's exquisite and i thought of Moon to Moon. I love visiting for my bohemian interiors inspiration.

Have a lovely weekend. XXOO

Calley Lovett said...

It was so beautiful I could have spent days looking through all the books & taking in the atmosphere of the place. So sad it's gone.

Lisa Yates said...

How beautiful! Loved the history and the pictures!