, New York
July 13, 2002
This historic fieldstone structure was designed in the Romanesque Revival tradition by Charles M. Burns. You'll note in the pictures below the mix of natural stone and recessed, arched windows creates an impressive and memorable structure. It was actually built in 1897 and opened to the public in 1898. Summer visitors, George and Nannie Conarroe of Philadelphia, made this library a gift to the Town of Oqunquit.
Placed in the National Register of Historic Places.
Oil portraits, paintings, and drawings grace its aged walls.
Heavy wooden doors mark the entranceway on Shore Road.
A grandfather clock, fashioned from a black walnut piano with inlaid Masonic emblems created from piano keys.
2 foot miniature replica of library includes tiny stones and a copper roof.
Stone fireplace makes a backdrop for librarian's large, wooden desk as you enter the lst of 2 rooms.
Borders of purple rhododendron bushes and variegated hostas outline the building with endless ivy clinging to fieldstone.
Library Hours: 9AM-Noon & 2-5PM June 1 to Sept. 30th(Closed Sundays) Oct. 1 to May 31 Closed Sun., Mon., & Holidays)
Phone Nos: (207)646-9024
Location: 166 Shore Road is a main street thru Ogunquit. Very limited parking available on street - no library parking lot. Short walk or bike ride from downtown Ogunquit.
Library Fees: Free loan of books, tapes, etc., for residents of Oqunquit, Wells, York, and Cape Neddick. Visitors are required to leave a deposit of $25(refunded after return of all borrowed items).
IMPRESSIONS: I was fortunate to be in the 2nd room when the clock announced 3 o'clock in a clear, melodic tone. This library beckons its visitors to enjoy being surrounded by dark, rich, wooden book shelves, art, arched windows, and stacks of art and local history books waiting to be explored. Patrons respond in kind by conducting themselves as worthy guests in hushed, quiet respect for one another.
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