This week’s Sepia Saturday prompt is libraries (or sleeping or midget submarines). Since I used some really good photos of people with books on a recent post, I went over to my favorite booth in the local antique mall to dig through their boxes of photos. I wasn’t having much luck, actually, at least not for libraries. I found plenty of photos for future posts, but was about to give up hope when I came across this one.
This is a photograph, identified on the back as “Austin Hall, the present home of the Harvard Law School & Library.” Of course I verified that, and happily discovered that this is indeed a very old photo of Austin Hall. The distinctive arches give it away. The building was the first to be constructed specifically for Harvard Law School and opened in 1883. The arches you see above are the main entry way. Architect Hobson Richardson utilized the Romanesque Revival style with lots of carvings and curlicues.
I found another photo online of a similar view of the building that was taken shortly after it was completed.
* Collection: A. D. White Architectural Photographs, Cornell University Library