By Margaret Beckman
This e-book is a vibrant reminder of the early days of library improvement in Ontario. the attractive constructions which nonetheless grace Ontario cities and villages, as illustrated, are part of our provincial historical past.
by way of the flip of the century, a public library was once perceived as an incredible point within the civic textile of virtually each Ontario neighborhood. even if, the advent of the Carnegie offers for library structures gave impetus to the Ontario executive programme for library improvement, and supplied a spotlight for elevated help of library companies. contention between neighbouring groups to safe a Carngie library heightened this wisdom, as did the exposure – in a few cases even controversy – which surrounded every one step of the provide looking, website choice and plan approval technique.
to boot, the hitherto unexplored tale of Carnegie furnish technique in each one neighborhood has been tested, and the function of 1 guy, James Bertram, secretary to Andrew Carnegie, is published in soaking up element. Library plans and layout components also are mentioned, and the impression of some architects at the development designs is published; the interesting involvement of Frank Lloyd Wright within the Pembroke Carnegie library development is one such example.