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East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library Awarded Prestigious LEED® Green Building Certification

Posted on September 30th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

EBleedToday Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that the East Boston Branch of the Boston Public Library earned LEED Gold certification. Established by the U.S. Green Building Council and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute, LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and is the world’s foremost certification program for the design, construction, maintenance, and operation of green buildings.

“The City of Boston is committed to green design practices and eco-friendly development,” said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. “By earning LEED Gold certification, the state-of-the art East Boston branch demonstrates how a successful architectural addition to a community can also be a sustainable one.”

The East Boston Branch, a 15,000 square foot building at 365 Bremen Street designed by William Rawn Associates Architects, Inc., opened in November 2013. The library building earned LEED certification for green design and construction in the areas of energy use, lighting, water, and material use as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. The City of Boston’s Property and Construction Management department managed this capital project. The East Boston Branch was funded by the City of Boston and the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. (more…)

Restoration Work on Art and Science Sculptures

Posted on September 11th, 2014 by admin in General

Art and Science 4Conservators are currently at work on Bela Pratt’s (1867-1917) stately Art and Science. The two figures – Art holding her brush and palette, Science clasping a globe – were installed in 1912, and have welcomed patrons through the library doors ever since. This restoration project will return the sculptures to their intended appearance.

View an album of vintage and contemporary images of Art and Science on the library’s Facebook page.

The work will occur in phases over two weeks. First, the bronzes and stone bases will be cleaned with an environmentally-friendly soap, and any joints between the base and statue will be re-caulked as needed. Existing coatings of wax will be stripped from the bronze, allowing any areas of discoloration and patina loss to be touched up to match the existing tones. A new protective coating of incralac and wax will complete the restoration. Restoration work occurs periodically in order to preserve the beauty and integrity of these works. This important project is made possible by the Browne Fund. Restoration work on the Bacchante statue in the courtyard will begin later this month.

Further details on the the sculptures can be found on the walking tour section of the BPL website. Visit www.bpl.org/tours for information on the library’s daily art and architecture tours.

Lego Version of BPL Visits Central Library in Copley Square

Posted on March 28th, 2014 by admin in General

A few months ago, Boston Public Library was voted the Boston landmark people most wanted to see built out of Legos (thank you again) at the soon-to-open LEGOLAND® Discovery Center in Somerville, Massachusetts. The historic McKim Building has since been constructed into a 75-pound Lego masterpiece. It was unveiled at the Central Library in Copley Sqaure on March 28 and remains on view in the Johnson Building lobby until Saturday, April 5. After that, it will move to the Discovery Center in Somerville for permanent display. This Lego creation took 47 hours to build and contains approximately 6,350 Lego bricks.

LEGO unveil

LEGO-bound, with Thanks

Posted on December 16th, 2013 by Gina Perille in General

BPL_LegoThankYou4Thank you to all who voted for the Boston Public Library in the LEGO MINILAND® Facebook competition. The historic Central Library in Copley Square will have the very great — and very fun — honor of being constructed out of LEGO® bricks and displayed at LEGOLAND® Discovery Center Boston next spring.

From the news release: The Boston Public Library, the first publicly supported municipal library in the U.S., overwhelmingly won LEGOLAND® Discovery Center’s MINILAND® contest and will be immortalized in LEGO bricks alongside other Boston landmarks when the attraction opens in May at Assembly Row in Somerville.

Read the complete release from LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston (PDF).

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