Cincinnati Public Library, 1955

Cincinnati Public Library

If there is any one public library I wish I could have visited, it’s Cincinnati’s Public Library, completed in 1874 when Ulysses S. Grant was president.

It was a twisting, winding Steam Punk of a building. A library from the imagination of Terry Gilliam.

Cincinnati Public Library, Main Hall

Projecting balconies that wouldn’t pass any safety certification today, spiral staircases, hundreds of thousands of books. If this building still existed, I would move to Cincinnati tomorrow just to spend my every free moment there.


It was demolished in 1955. You can see more pictures here and here (which is also where I got the images for this post from).

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I am a writer who travels endlessly. Fascinated by how our lives are propelled forward by what's left behind, I thirst to know everything. I read, collect, gather, organise, list. Here are some of the things I read, see and experience. Please make yourself at home: drinks and pretzels will be served shortly. If you'd like to get in touch, I'd love to hear from you!

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