WPA Walking Tour – Arlington Public Library

To count down the days to the end of summer, I will be taking you on a virtual walking tour of Arlington–the same one outlined in 1937’s The WPA Guide to Massachusetts. Each entry will include an excerpt from the book about each site visited. Hopefully this will give us a little insight as to how things have changed in the past 73 years.

“The Arlington Public Library (open weekdays 10-9), known as the Robbins Memorial Library,

erected in 1892 from the designs of Gay & Proctor, is constructed of Ohio limestone in Italian Renaissance style…

The entrance is similar in style to the main door of the Cancellaria [sic] Palace in Rome.”

Though the book cites the building material as Ohio limestone and the designers as Gay & Proctor, the Robbins Library website states that the building was designed by Cabot, Everett and Mead and was built from Indiana sandstone.

The northeast side of the Robbins Library on the night of September 5, 2010.

One thought on “WPA Walking Tour – Arlington Public Library

  1. Indiana limestone is an oft-used building material, used the world over, but Indiana sandstone is (I believe) a relatively rare thing. I bet it’s really Indiana limestone (which was also used for the Empire State Building, the Pentagon, and many buildings at Adrian College).

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