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2013 photos
  Oliver Ames Library

3 Barrows St, North Easton, MA 02356
Official Website

Date: 1879-1881


H. H. Richardson
Landscape architect:
Frederick Law Olmsted


Richardsonian Romanesque
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. 

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)


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


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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