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Toronto Public Library, Reference Library, 1915


Toronto Reference library on College Street, 13 March 1915

The architect for the College Street Reference Library was Alfred H. Chapman, who worked with the firm of Wickson & Gregg on this project. James Bain, Jr., was the librarian who originally helped design the specifications for the library; however he died before the building opened in October 1909. The exterior is a restrained, Beaux-Arts style, quite popular before 1914. The main front of the library is a long row of two-storey windows, separated by Corinthian pilasters, which provided ample light for the reading-room and reference library.

Source: National Archives of Canada, PA-61384

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