Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Postcard from Cambridge, Mass.: Widener Library

Harvard Yard: Walk through yesterday's photo and say hello to 'the mothership' of Harvard's enormous library system, named after a student who died on the Titanic. There's a Gutenberg Bible in there + 57 miles of bookshelves so labyrinthine you could put a minotaur in the middle and no one would notice.

23 comments:

William Kendall said...

A magnificent library building!

You would have to sacrifice a few freshmen. Minotaurs have big appetites.

Petrea Burchard said...

I must go there. With a minotaur shield, of course.

Peter said...

I think I would have to borrow some thread from Ariadne. Would love to visit Harvard, it is nice to get a glimpse.

LOLfromPasa said...

Big place that would be fun to get lost in. I suppose there is a real risk you could get lost :).

Trees there are the same as ours here, I see.

cieldequimper said...

That's what I'd call heaven though I wouldn't be looking for your hidden minotaur!

orvokki said...

Lovely.
Have you any photo of miniatures :)
Have a nice day

Catherine Goron said...

So stately and beautiful! 57+ miles of bookshelves is a reader's haven for sure. I suppose if there's one library to hide out in, this would be the one (minus the minotaur ;)

llandudnopictures said...

That's an 'epic' looking photo you have composed there, and 57 miles of bookshelves? Incredible!

Revrunner said...

From the look of that yard, I'd say the sun-god would have felt more comfortable in the library.

Tanya Breese said...

oh wow, what an incredible library!

José Mendonça said...

Beautifully composed shot!

Norma Beishir said...

Hmmm...sounds like the opening for a movie: Indiana Jones and the Mythical Guardians of the Library!

Sharon Anck said...

It's a very academic looking building. I'd love to see the inside.

Kaya said...

Oh, that is one amazing library!!! The building is very beautiful and very inviting. I wish I could see this library and spend there several hours.

Beautiful picture, Lulu!

Merisi said...

Great library building!

I did not know there was another Gutenberg bible in the USA, besides the one at the Library of Congress.

Lady Lilith said...

Now that is one big library.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I think Harry would have been very pleased with this memorial Lulu. Was thinking how generous his mum was donating $3.5 million until I read the library had $97 million worth of renovation since then.. but still I guess back then that would have been worth so much more.

RedPat said...

So stately!

Natasha Hill said...

Love the architecture. Such a grand looking building!

Jack said...

A college classmate of mine is a senior librarian at the Widener. In the years soon after graduation she married a grad student in chemistry at MIT. About five years ago he won a Nobel Prize. You never expect that stuff when you are just a snot-nosed college kid.

Randy said...

That's an impressive looking library.

a.s.m. said...

Preciosa fotografía, me encanta el color y la luz,
es estupenda.

Un saludo, Ángel

Mersad said...

I love the building. The doorway is huge! The red brick facade adds a special touch!