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Mechanics' Institute & Museum, London, Ontario


Description
Media Type:
Image
Item Type:
Photographs
Description:
A view of the front of London's Mechanics' Institute and Museum with its impressive two storey Corinthian columns and large shuttered windows. By the central entrance steps, stands a gentleman in a light coloured suit, wearing a dark hat.
Notes:
"Treasured Times: a Chronology of London Public Library," compiled by Glen Curnoe gives us a succinct history of the London Mechanics Institute.
"1835 The London Mechanics' Institute, forerunner of today's Public Library, is known to have existed as early as this date. It was the third established in Upper Canada, after Toronto and Kingston. A self-improvement centre for "the working classes," it offered lectures, concerts, exhibitions and a lending library. Its earliest official records go back to 1841.
1843 A new London Mechanics' Institute and Museum was built on the original courthouse square, near the present-day corner of Dundas and Ridout Streets. In 1855, it was moved to Talbot Street at the western end of Queens Avenue. By 1870, its library numbered 1,100 volumes." The building shown in this photograph is probably at the Talbot Street location. In 1877 the Mechanics' Institute opened in a new building at 231 Dundas Street, its final destination. After the Free Public Libraries Act of 1892 the city opened its first London Public Library in 1895 at the corner of Wellington and Queens Avenue. It included the book collection from the Mechanics' Institute. Some of this collection still exists in the London Room at the newest location of the Central branch of London Public Library at 251 Dundas Street, coincidentally beside the building that last housed its predecessor, the London Mechanics' Institute.
Date of Original:
ca. 1860 - 1877
Dimensions:
Width: 37.1 cm
Height: 30.2 cm
Image Dimensions:
Image Width: 37.1cm
Image Height: 30.2cm
Local identifier:
32104024554851
Geographic Coverage:
  • Ontario, Canada
    Latitude: 42.9844731103471 Longitude: -81.2526308546448
Creative Commons licence:
by [more details]
Copyright Statement:
Copyright status unknown. Responsibility for determining the copyright status and any use rests exclusively with the user.
Recommended Citation:
Ivey Family London Room, London Public Library, London, Ontario, Canada
Reproduction Notes:
London Room Photograph Archives - PG O83
600 dpi TIFF or jpg.
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Mechanics' Institute & Museum, London, Ontario


A view of the front of London's Mechanics' Institute and Museum with its impressive two storey Corinthian columns and large shuttered windows. By the central entrance steps, stands a gentleman in a light coloured suit, wearing a dark hat.