Thursday, April 9, 2009

Model Library

This model of the early Pasadena Public Library is encased in glass in the lobby of Pasadena's present main library on Walnut Street. Wei mentioned it yesterday in the comments, beating me to the punch! A plaque below the model reads:

"Model of 1887 Pasadena Public Library built to scale from original stone. With copper shingles, gutters, downspouts, and real glass windows, donated by builder, Rex Petty, to Pasadena Public Library."

The model seems to have been made in the late 1950's, a guess I made from a 1958 headline I found from the Pasadena Star-News. (I was unable to locate the article.)

See yesterday's post for a photo of what remains of this building: the main archway that led to the front door. Then head on over to the library! We have a terrific library system in Pasadena, with our great central library and wonderful neighborhood branches. And it's free.

22 comments:

Desiree said...

I love it! Great fun.

Shell Sherree said...

Oooh, is it haunted?

Katie said...

Cool model. I doubt anyone would build an amazing building like this today, especially not for a library. Fitting way to honor books though.

Petrea said...

It does look haunted, doesn't it? Mr. Petty put in a lot of effort and detail.

lynn said...

What a lovely model.

Cafe Pasadena said...

Visiting this mothballed model of the original library is a good enuf reason to revisit the present library.

Margaret said...

It looks like hobbits should live there. What a wonderful place.

ben wideman said...

I really like this one Petrea! And what a great shot for the dark corner this usually lives in!

cieldequimper said...

Very ghostly!

elizabeth said...

Wow, Mr. Petty had some serious skills to make that.

This is a very Stephen Spielberg-y shot to me... like it's the haunted house you're not supposed to enter and something's glowing in the back yard.

pasadenapio said...

I marvel at it every time I visit Jan Sanders (library director) in her office, which is just beyond the model. Central Library is a treasure trove. We're also very fortunate to have nine branch libraries in Pasadena, each of them historic in its own right.

Vanda said...

It needs mice.

Virginia said...

Oh how sad that that beauty didn't make it! It looks like a castle. Thanks for a very interesting post P.
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J+P said...

How could it not be haunted--but the spooks are only the size of a thumbtack. They're literate, though. Guess who wrote the books? Are you ready? Ghostwriters!

Shell Sherree said...

Hee hee!

Ms M said...

Great model! They don't make libraries like this anymore. It reminds me of a castle, too. A literary castle of honor...

Sarah said...

Looks great!
A fantastic model, Oh model! At the end of every semester, I should make a model from my major design, for the current semester the designing is a HOSPITAL! it is veryyyy difficult ;(

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Hilda said...

Fantastic architecture! The model is amazing, but don't you wish someone would build it full-size too?

Laurie said...

Cracking up at J+P. I was hit by the Chinese spambot this week, too.

This model is fantastic! My daughter would want to bring it home to use as the library doll house for her little people.

Petrea said...

I just got rid of word verification, and here's spam. I was going to dump it, but how could I? J+P is too amusing.