Constructed as a courthouse in 1877 and remodeled into a neighborhood library branch since the 1960s, it holds so many enchanting architectural surprises.
Inside are wonderful gems as well: beautiful stained glass windows, lovely woodwork, and a grand spiral staircase.
It’s a small, Gothic-style water fountain with a basin, a lion’s head spout, and two curious reliefs.
One is of a
pelican heron amid reeds and grass, a frog snared inside its beak. The second depicts an old man sitting beside a tree.
The old man looks like he’s taking a rest after a long journey. His hat hangs on a branch and his walking cane at his side.
He looks weary, and he’s contemplating something. But who is he?
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