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Foyer from entryFoyer

The paneling in the David A. Howe Public Library's entrance hall is riff-sawn white oak. The floors are cork, in a variety of  patterns, and the ceilings are acoustically treated plaster with hand-molded and set plaster trim. Overhead, just inside the entrance, you can see a skylight which receives light from the cupola on top of the building. Hand-carved oak Ionic pillars separate the rooms. Tree of life carving Over each main doorway is a different carving. These represent the Tree of Life, Lamp of knowledge carvingLamp of Knowledge, and Hive of IndustryHive of industry carving.



David A. Howe portraitThe oil portrait of David A. Howe was painted after his death, from a photograph. The artist was H. Willard Ortlip. The carving around the painting is the most elaborate in the building. It is of English lime wood, done in the style of Grinling Gibbons, seventeenth century English artist. The three pieces were done in Rochester by Swiss carvers, and took one and a half years to complete.

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