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Front of Building in SummerExterior

The walls of the building are made of New England Colonial Harvard Brick, Cupola with trim of Indiana limestone. The roof is shingled with hand-made clay tiles. Originally, flagstone terraces graced the front and back of the building, and extensive lawns ran from the back of the building to the river.

The auditorium, named for Mr. Howe's wife Nancy, seats 340.  The Georgian Colonial style building, begun in 1935 and opened in 1937, was designed by Carl Ade of Rochester, NY, and built by L.C. Whitford Company of Wellsville, NY. The style is similar to that of English architect Sir Christopher Wren (1632-1723). Money for the construction came from ten years of interest on the endowment left by Mr. Howe. The building cost $340,000 to build and $25,000 to furnish and decorate.



The library offers guided tours of the building throughout the year. A staff member or volunteer provides library history and access to areas of the building not usually open to the public. Tours meet in the Monday Club Room and last about an hour.

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This page was last updated March 11, 2010.

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