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Did you know that in 1901 steel tycoon Andrew Carnegie sold Carnegie Steel to baking mogul, J.P. Morgan for $480 million dollars?! (The equivalent of over three billion dollars today.) Currently, steel is still one of the most widely used building materials on the planet...and we’ve got some right here at the Torrington Library.
That’s right, steel is rising and your new library is taking shape! As you can see if photo one, the crane is ready to place one of the first pieces of steel. In photo two, the formation of the bay window is taking place.
Did you know that originally, the library only had one bay window, which is now the Reading Room. In 1926, the second bay, now the Children’s Room, was added. Peter Wells, our architect, specifically added a third bay to the new addition. This new bay window on the first floor will house the nonfiction collection and lounge seating. In the lower level, the bay will be feature in the new community room.
We’re starting to see great progress and I can’t wait to show you what the building will look like in just a few short weeks!