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George Peabody Library

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HISTORY

It is the 19th century research library of The Johns Hopkins University. It is located on Peabody's West Mount Vernon Place campus in the Mount Vernon-Belvedere Historic Cultural District, north of downtown Baltimore, Maryland, opposite the Washington Monument. The collections are available for use by the general public, in keeping with the famous aim of merchant, banker, financier, philanthropist George Peabody to create a library "for the free use of all persons who wish to consult it". The interior of the library is often considered one of the most beautiful libraries in the world.

WHY THIS PLACE

Completed in 1878, it was designed by Baltimore architect Edmund G. Lind in collaboration with Peabody's first president, Nathaniel H. Morison, who described it as a "cathedral of books". The visually stunning and monumental neo-Greco interior features an atrium that, over an alternating gray and white marble floor, rises 61 meters high to a frosted-glass skylight, surrounded by five rows of ornamental black cast-iron balconies and scalloped columns box containing stacks of books.

CURIOSITIES

Between July 2002 and May 2004, the now-historic library underwent a $1 million renovation and renovation.

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