Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Library


The David S. Walker Library was named for the founder of Tallahassee's first library and Governor of Florida from 1865-1868. It was a functioning library until 1976, when it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is now the home of Springtime Tallahassee, a civic organization dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Tallahassee history and is headed by the Springtime Board of Directors who meet and operate from this library. Springtime Tallahassee is an annual event celebrating the arrival of spring with a huge parade through downtown and many other fun activities. Springtime members raised the funds necessary to restore the building. The library remains open for the public to see Monday through Friday.

13 comments:

Mo said...

Really important to have a library in every town.

Pam said...

Lois, What a fantastic old building. It's wonderful to see them kept up and used. To many old buildings have been torn down to make way for mondern new ones with zero character. be Happy ;)

JM said...

Very nice fa├žade.

Hilda said...

It tooks like a temple — a temple of learning. Nice to see it preserved and still used. I take it the library has moved to a bigger building?

Paul - leeds daily photo said...

Hi Lois
Always good to see an old builing given a new lease of life. I cannot believe that many of the recent buildings put up here in Yorkshire will ever have a second life.

Dan said...

I used to go in this library before Springtime took it over. It was truly moribund; the rumor was it was only kept open because a bequest from Walker required it. But it did have a collection of ancient newspapers, and I would go there to read them. The librarian and I would be the only people in the building. Once she shooed me out because she was closing the library early. It was the day her help came to clean her home.

Nancy said...

I am home in any library. I am very fond of old brick buildings. My family originated from Nebraska and I remember so many...

The old clock below is a tresure.

istanbuldailyphoto said...

A magnificent building. Is used for useful work. Greetings.

magiceye said...

wonderfully impressive structure!

hadv said...

Libraries are my favorite.. Is this one still open (as a library)? Are there still books inside? What kind of books?

Tamera said...

I just love to see old library buildings like this! There is a very similar one in Colorado Springs on the west side, I will have to take a picture of it for you! It's nice to see that your old "retired" library is still well-loved.

Lois said...

I am not sure if it is still open as a library. One of these days I'm going to go in and look around!

slim said...

Greetings, Lois! Great looking building and I'm enjoying your blog. Was the library built in the 1860s? I like Dan's remembrance . . . you'll have to show us your current library.