Thomas Crane Public Library
Thomas Crane Public Library - Front view of the original part of the building, designed by Architect H. H. Richardson in 1882. Image by Daderot (Transfered by Arch2all) - Original uploaded on en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia.
Side view, showing 1908 extension to the rear.Image by Daderot at en.wikipedia . Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
Interior view of theH. H. Richardson building. Image by Daderot at en.wikipedia . Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
Interior with original details by Richardson.Image by Daderot at en.wikipedia . Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
Interior view of 1908 addition by Aiken.Image by Daderot at en.wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.
Backstory and Context
The Thomas Crane Public Library was designed in four stages. The original building was designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson and the additional ell with stack space and stained glass were added to the building in 1908, by William Martin Aiken. H.H. Richardson was prominent American architect. Richardsonian Romanesque style of Romanesque Revival architecture was named after him.
In 1939 the library was significantly expanded by architects Paul A. and Carroll Coletti, with stone carvings by sculptor Joseph A. Coletti of Quincy. The most recent extension from the 2001 by the Boston architects Childs, Bertman, and Tseckares, doubled the library’s size.
The museum today has three branches, Adams Shore Library, North Quincy Branch and Wollaston Branch Library.