The Mark Twain Library offers public meeting spaces, with their own entrances, that can be isolated from the stack areas for security. Central spaces have been designed to allow public gatherings for fund-raising as well as small theatrical presentations, including films, readings, lectures and live music.
Robert Harper FAIA, William Grover FAIA & Leonard Wyeth AIA while at Centerbrook.
Photos by Peter Aaron of ESTO.
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Fully restored original library space.
Reading Room. Note the curtain in the background separating the reading room from the stacks for when performance space is required.
Architectural elements throughout the buildings reference Mark Twains works. Examples include subtle references to paddlewheels from his days on the Mississippi, sculptures depicting scenes from his novels and an architectural frieze composed of memorable Mark Twain quotes.
De-mountable display units allow protected display of traveling exhibits.
Donor blocks. Blocks of cherry wood with velcro on the backs allow for additions to the donor walls.