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Ogunquit Memorial Library, Ogunquit

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The Ogunquit Memorial Library is the public library of Ogunquit, Maine. It is located at 166 Shore Road, in an architecturally distinguished Romanesque Revival built in 1897 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983. It was a gift to the town by Mrs. George Conarroe in honor of her husband.The library is open daily except Sunday during the summer (May to October), and Wednesday-Saturday except holidays during the off-season.Architecture and historyThe Ogunquit Memorial Library is located on the west side of Shore Road in central Ogunquit, in an area with many seaside resort accommodations. It is a rectangular building, fashioned out randomly course fieldstone, with a hip roof and a projecting gabled entrance. At one corner of the entrance stands an engaged circular staircase tower with a conical roof above a molded cornice. Eyebrow dormers project from some of the roof elevations. The interior is well-preserved, its original features including a large fireplace that was at first its sole heat source.The library was built in 1897 to a design by Philadelphia architect John M. Burns, and is one of the finest examples of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture in southern Maine. The building was enlarged in 1914 to a design by Henry A. Macomb, also of Philadelphia; the quality of design and execution make it virtually impossible to distinguish the addition from the original. The library was the gift of Philadelphia resident Mrs. George Conarroe in honor of her husband.
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  • My friend brought me here to see this beautiful fieldstone structure. A library has books and media, but this library has history galore. It is about 120 years old. The massive fireplace is the center...  more »
  • On our walk from our hotel we stopped in to visit a Book Sale. This is a gorgeous building made of stone. As a library it was small but worth the quick drop in that we did.  more »
  • I love libraries and this quaint stone library in Ogunquit is great. We were vacationing for the weekend and the library had a book sale going on. Of course we had to go. So much old world charm. Love...  more »