Friday, November 14, 2008

Providence Athaneum

Athaneum in autumn
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The Athanaeum, founded in 1753, is the oldest library in Rhode Island, fourth oldest in the country, and one of the few remaining subscription libraries in the United States.

It's a cool Greek Revival building near RISD, just a block from the RISD museum (more on that later).

Bear and I spent a happy hour there on Sunday afternoon. It's a great old library, crammed full of books and history.

Athaneum Interior


  1. Wow! What a fabulous library. I love the U shape and open center to the glass ceiling so filled with natural light.

  2. Great shots! I love looking at books - I'm a librarian, Erika! :)