Lois Reynolds Mead

Art and a pink monkeyflower in a native plant garden…

Garden of paradise and a little bit of knowledge…

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Rainy, cold, wet, but still walking to see as much as possible during our time in Portland. In a direct line on our path between Powell’s Books and the Portland Art Museum, before hopping the MAX train to the zoo, was the city library.
A Georgian Revival style building built in 1913.

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It has a foyer entry with this quotation and etched glass above the door:
“I have always imagined that paradise will be a kind of library.”-Jorge Luis Borges

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This building has some wonderful features revolving around arts and crafts. (Second to baby elephants the theme of Portland was awe inspiring arts and crafts…my kind of town.)
Entry foyer ellipse, Garden Wreath.

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“Gardens of Knowledge” and “Pathways to Wisdom” are next to gilded leaves.
The most amazing staircase I have ever seen sweeps up to the second and third floors. Garden Stair by artist Larry Kirkland, is black granite etched with images and words to inspire the imagination.

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The columns are faux marble painted in the scagliola technique (I only know this because of the brochure the library has available.)

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Off the library is the Children’s Library named after author Beverly Cleary. It has a most amazing tree sculpture…

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Combined on the trunk of the bronze tree are objects from Oregon’s natural history and subjects found in the Dewey Decimal System. As favorite things get rubbed the bronze shines brighter. Preserving a Memory was created by Dana Lynn Louis and Barbara Eisworth.

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My favorite is the bear nose and the sea otter head…
Plus, three of the library stacks are ended with a collection of shadowboxes called Souvenir. These were created by Kay Slusarenko.

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The ultimate frosting on the cake is a WPA mural from the ’30’s by Florence Thomas. Alice in Wonderland

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These shots are to show the beauty of the spaces, curves, and angles…

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