Boston Public Library – Making Reading FUN For Kids Through Interior Design

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The Boston Public Library – created by McKim, Mead &amp White in 1895 – is know for it truly is classic architecture and stately interiors in the original Renaissance design McKim Constructing.


The studying space:


In 1972, a new addition made by modernist architect Philip Johnson (of the Glass Property fame) was added behind the original developing.


I will say that the interiors were just dreadful in this building. I lived in Boston in the ’80’s (so it was nevertheless comparatively new) but going into this developing, which homes the principal circulating collection and is the main entrance for most library goers, was fairly depressing. I just remember everything getting so brown and dingy. &nbspOne can imagine how uninspiring this room would be for youngsters. So it truly is a good issue that the first phase of a massive ongoing remodel of the Johnson constructing includes the construction of a new children’s room, a teen space and community reading spot. These spaces have just opened and are rather excellent.



I really like the lion cub over which seems to be a play on the stately grand lions in the staircase of the original library constructing.


These spaces are fresh and colorful, with tons of seating to cuddle up in and plenty of visual appeal to spark the imagination.

Over images of the new children’s rooms&nbspBY OLGA KHVAN for Boston Magazine

The redesign is by the Boston architectural firm, William Rawn Associates, and currently being constructed by Consigli Development.

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