ABOUT THIS PHOTO
One of the earliest known photographs of the Charlottesville Public Library building on Second Street in Charlottesville, taken not long after it officially opened in 1921. One among many gifts from benefactor Paul McIntire to the City and the University, the library was named for McIntire following his death in 1952. The building was designed by architect Walter Dabney Blair (1877-1953). The building became home to the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society in 1994.
Philanthropy and Architecture
FROM THE 2015 EDITION of the Magazine of Albemarle County History comes this article “Walter Dabney Blair and the McIntire Public Library” by Glaire D. Anderson, a Professor of Art History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Although Charlottesville is famous for Thomas Jefferson’s architectural designs at the University of Virginia and nearby Monticello, his are not the only local buildings worthy of notice. From its position in downtown Charlottesville, the McIntire Public Library’s classical serenity makes it a distinguished member of the city’s architectural community.”
Archaeology and History
FROM THE 2013 EDITION of the Magazine of Albemarle County History comes this article by Sara Morrow about a fascinating archaeological and historical account of the site of the McIntire Public Library- originally referred to as Lot 8 in the original 1762 plan for the town of Charlottesville. “In 2012, the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society (ACHS) embarked on a new venture to explore the archaeological remains buried in one of Charlottesville’s original city lots. The parcel of land at the southeast corner of present-day East Jefferson Street and Second Street NE was designated Lot 8 on the original plan, and today it is home to the McIntire Building, the city’s first public library and the current ACHS headquarters.”
In the Architect’s Own Words
FROM THE JANUARY 1926 EDITION of Through the Ages, a trade journal published by the National Associate of Marble Dealers, comes this brief but enlightening piece by architect Walter Dabney Blair about his public library project in Charlottesville, which had only recently opened: “The Library at Charlottesville, VA by Walter Dabney Blair.”
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