American Architect and Architecture Volume 98

American Architect and Architecture Volume 98

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1910 edition. Excerpt: ...this key to the entire working library has been treated as a decorative screen in character with the colossal wall and ceiling treatment of the apartment, giving scale to the whole, is an example of the resourcefulness of the architects. Any isolated treatment of this feature would only have called attention to an unfortunate practical condition of the problem and would have been an acknowledgment by the architects of their inability to handle it satisfactorily from an architectural standpoint. Moreover, the location of the delivery desk across the middle of the room places it in the only position from which the library attendants are able conveniently to serve and oversee every part of the room. The galleries around its perimeter serve also as vantage points for the library attendants, while the space under the overhang is utilized to accommodate many thousands of reference volumes of a general character in constant demand by readers who come in to peruse a favorite author for an hour or two. The effective concealment of the radiation and ventilation of this room is to be remarked, the heating being accomplished indirectly by hidden radiators and the ventilation by a fan system, forcing in fresh air at the junction of walls and ceiling and drawing out the foul air DETAIL OF UPPER VESTIBULE at the floor through registers designed as a continuous base to the book shelves under the galleries. The general illumination will be by chandeliers suspended from the decorative ceiling beams and light for reading will be obtained from lamps placed on the individual reading tables. By day the cross light admitted through the great arched openings on the long sides furnishes the best kind of natural illumination for reading. Next to the main reading...show more

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  • Paperback | 248 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 13mm | 449g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236740106
  • 9781236740106