Romanesque and Romanesque Revival architecture aren’t very common in New England; so, when I was passing this Romanesque Revival building, I had to stop to admire it.
The stone construction, gabled roof, double doors at the entrance, and rounded tower made it look more like a small castle or a church.
Inside, I was greeted by the two librarians. They were friendly and helpful.
I learned that it was built as a library, not a church. It was on the National Register of Historic Places.
Looking around, I found that the tower had a staircase inside.
The library had a fireplace. That was the original heating system from when the library was built in 1897.
The two chairs in front of the fireplace created a cozy spot to sit and read on a winter afternoon. I plan to revisit then.
There was other comfortable seating to use at the reference table.
Browsing, I found a small section on local history.
There were a many selections in Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Children’s books.
In the Non-Fiction, I came across a book I’d seen prominently displayed in another library just as it was here. It was “1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created” by Charles Mann that explains the impacts on Europe and The Americas of Columbus’s exploration. He'd also written "1491" about The Americas before Columbus's arrival.
At the time of my visit, the library was getting ready for a book sale.
There was something of a relic on display ~ the original manual card catalog that was used before automation.
Although relatively small, I rate Ogunquit Memorial Library at 5.0, based mostly on the stunning architecture.
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