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2013 photos
  Oliver Ames Library

3 Barrows St, North Easton, MA 02356
Official Website

Date: 1879-1881

Architect:

H. H. Richardson
Landscape architect:
Frederick Law Olmsted

Style:

Richardsonian Romanesque
Status:
Contributing member of the H. H. Richardson Historic District of North Easton, Massachusetts

Illustrations on this page, below:

Exterior - Facade/ east elevation


Left: Oakes Ames Memorial Hall  ....  Right: Oliver Ames Library.
Both buildings were designed by H. H. Richardson with landscaping by Frederick Law Olmsted and both buildings are contributing members of the H. H. Richardson Historic District of North Easton, Massachusetts.



Oliver Ames Library. 
Polychromy



Stone finial and roof



Polychromatic towerGargoyles .....  Arcade  voussoirs and columns



Tower and second story. Note end water scuppers  (next illustration below).



Water scupper



Second story arcaded windows with single and paired engaged columns ... Polychromy



Richardsonian Romanesque: Syrian arch.
Note glass filled loopholes at sides (next illustration below)



Loophole



Entrance arch details: Corbel at lower left ...   Chevrons with and without beads



Entrance arch detail: Owl  corbel


South Elevation






Polychromy ... Flanking sunflower(?) images  .... Broken rangework masonry  .....   Romanesque billet molding






Interior


Barrel ceiling









Flanking ancones ... Cable molding ... Reeding



Turned pillars




Stone mantelpiece in the reading room is largely the work of Stanford White. The original stone and present bronze medallions of Oliver Ames II were designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens.



Detail - stone mantelpiece



Detail - stone mantelpiece  ... Oliver Ames plaque



Detail - stone mantelpiece  ... Dentil molding ... Largest leaf is an acanthus leaf ...




Special thanks to Board of Directors member John Morgan for his assistance in 2013

Photos and their arrangement 2013 Chuck LaChiusa
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