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Renovations will preserve historic library for years to come

Renovations will preserve historic library for years to come

When you have a treasure such as the Plumb Memorial Library in Shelton, you aim to keep it for generations to come.

Designed by Charles Beardsley (not to be confused with James Beardsley who donated the land that would become Connecticut’s only zoo) this building is an architectural treasure. It was built in 1895 in what is known as Richardsonian Romanesque style that was so popular at the turn of the century in America. It was outfitted with many high-falutin adornments such as Tiffany stained glass windows, ornately hand carved wood features, and a large.

When it was donated to the city at by David Plumb, after whom the building is named, it was sure that they spared no expense. And when the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places, they said: “The library which the Plumb family gave to the City of Shelton has been steadily used and well maintained over the more than three-quarters of a century since it was constructed. With a modern addition to the north which provides added floor space and more efficient book storage, it continues to serve the community well, providing library facilities in a building which is a distinguished example of late nineteenth century Romanesque architecture.”

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Now, more than a century old, the library continues to need those renovations to keep it not only up to date with current needs, but to honor the historical beauty of the building. Some had complained about the building going into disrepair in the recent years, but the Library Board of Directors and Friends of the Shelton Library System worked with the City of Shelton to fund and start renovations.

According to the Shelton Herald, they will be renovating the building in phases, with the first phase aiming to repair the floors and ceiling, add cabinetry and outlets, and put in screens and televisions, something they certainly did not prepare for in 1895. The first phase is funded by The Library Board, and will cost roughly $80,000.

By restoring the Plumb Memorial Library in Shelton, the Board of Directors, Friends, and the City of Shelton are sending many important messages to the citizens. First, that we will honor our past, and the long tradition of upholding fine examples of architecture. But most importantly, that libraries are important spaces in cities, and places where the public can go and meet, educate themselves, learn together, and more. With the renovations planned to take place over the next several years, they will ensure that Shelton residents will have a beautiful library for another century to come.