Monday, July 19, 2021

Mark Twain Memorial Library


 Samuel Clemens (the author Mark Twain) lived his last two years in Stormfield, an Italian villa built for him in 1908 in Redding, a town on Ridgefield's eastern border.  He died there in April 1910. 

(Stormfield was listed for sale two weeks ago for nearly $5 million, but it is on a large property and down a long driveway, so I was not able to photograph it.) 

Two months after Twain died, his daughter Clara donated Twain's personal library in Stormfield to the directors of a library to be built in Redding.  In 1911 the Mark Twain Memorial Library was opened. 

 A year later Andrew Carnegie endowed it with a fund sufficient to support it.


I support renewable energy, but I'm not excited about solar panels on the roof of a historic building.

Many Twain sayings are written high on the library's walls.  

At the end of the reading room:  "When in doubt, tell the truth."

"Now and then we had a hope that if we lived and were good, God would permit us to be pirates."

6 comments:

RedPat said...

It is a beautiful library, Jack!

Barbara R. said...

What great architectural details both outside and inside.

Taken For Granted said...

I have always admired Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) and his works. The Library looks great, and I don't mind the solar panels. They will keep costs down while helping the environment.

Stefan Jansson said...

Great library.

William Kendall said...

Twain was one of a kind.

JudithK said...

I'm OK with those panels, if they are helping their bills to stay down and to keep the place open. We're really all going to have to do some reckoning I think. Do you have some ideas about what could be done instead? I'm not being a smarty-pants by asking that question. It's serious. I don't have many ideas......