15 Gorgeous Photos Of The Old Cincinnati Library

This library was a book lovers dream.

Here’s what 629 Vine St. in downtown Cincinnati looks like today…

1. …But It used to be home to one of the prettiest libraries in the country.

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Kids sitting on the front steps of the building.

2. In 1874 the Public Library of Cincinnati opened in a small building originally intended to be an opera house.

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3. The library’s main entrance.

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4. A glimpse of the Main Hall can be seen through vestibule.

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5. The beautiful main hall.

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6. This photo of the Main Hall was taken about a year before the building was closed.

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7. The Art Room, it was located on the third floor of the building.

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8. The Newspaper Room (photo circa 1899).

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9. Looking down at the reading area in the Main Hall.

10. The Main Hall featured five tiers of cast-iron alcoves that housed over 200,000 books.

12. The Fiction Alcove, the perfect spot to get lost in.

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13. One of the large cast-iron book alcoves that lined the Main Hall.

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15. Unfortunately, the library outgrew the space and in 1955 the library was moved, and the old building was demolished.

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