Woburn Public Library, 45 Pleasant Street, Woburn, Massachusetts 01801
Henry Hobson Richardson, 1877
I was inspired to highlight 31 buildings in Boston in 31 days after the architecture blog A Daily Dose of Architecture . Not only was I going to highlight 31 buildings, but 31 of Bostonian’s favorite buildings. This is the series.
About the Woburn Public Library:
The Woburn Public Library has been getting much attention lately due in part to its proposal to expand the building to better serve and accommodate the Woburn community and its citizens. Considered to be one of Henry Hobson Richardson’s most ornate buildings, the library is truly an exquisite work of art, and as much as we all love to not see an addition appended to it, the citizens of Woburn could benefit from a state of the art addition.
As a former user of the library myself, I can honestly say that as beautiful and awe inspiring the building is, it does not function properly in the 21st century; it lacks the space and techonology that many Massachusetts’ libraries offer to their users, among other issues.
I should also mention that when I announced this poll via Twitter and Facebook, a few folks in Woburn whom I’ve never met caught on to my tweets @evolvingcritic and re-tweeted my messages to their followers, proving once again that Twitter can be a powerful tool for community involvement.
To learn more about the Woburn Public Library, you can visit their website here or learn more about the expansion plans here. Woburn is accessible by MBTA Buses from Downtown Crossing or Wellington Station.
To truly appreciate the infinite beauty of this building, you MUST see it in person. If you have not seen the building in person, you will walk away with a deeper understanding for the architecture of Henry Hobson Richardson and his genius for architectural details.