The Best Gift: A Record of the Carnegie Libraries in Ontario by Margaret Beckman,Stephen Langmead,John Black

By Margaret Beckman,Stephen Langmead,John Black

This e-book is a bright reminder of the early days of library improvement in Ontario. the attractive constructions which nonetheless grace Ontario cities and villages, as illustrated, are part of our provincial history.

through the flip of the century, a public library was once perceived as an immense point within the civic textile of virtually each Ontario neighborhood. in spite of the fact that, the creation of the Carnegie promises for library constructions gave impetus to the Ontario executive programme for library improvement, and supplied a spotlight for elevated help of library providers. contention between neighbouring groups to safe a Carngie library heightened this understanding, as did the exposure – in a few situations even controversy – which surrounded every one step of the provide looking, website choice and plan approval approach.

in addition, the hitherto unexplored tale of Carnegie supply method in each one group has been tested, and the position of 1 guy, James Bertram, secretary to Andrew Carnegie, is printed in soaking up aspect. Library plans and layout components also are mentioned, and the impact of some architects at the development designs is published; the interesting involvement of Frank Lloyd Wright within the Pembroke Carnegie library construction is one such example.

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