FIRST Floor Library Bookcases
The Library is one large open space. Built in book shelves line the east and west walls of the room. Tall wood wainscot carries the line of the book shelves across the north and south walls, interrupted only by the windows.
The 2009 Historic Structures report stated: Library: fronts of book cases have newer doors; original chandeliers that matched the oil lamp sconces are missing; French doors to East Porch with painted, leaded glass portraits of authors in the transoms are missing; north and south windows have been shortened.
The 2014 Historic restoration calls for replacement of the full length windows on the North and South walls, addition of two period appropriate chandeliers, replacement of French doors leading to East Porch (now known as the Capitol View room), and modifications to the book case doors to make them more period appropriate.
H. P. Dillon was a voracious reader. He had a special interest in History, the Arts, and Native Americans. We intend to establish one section of the book cases as a historic element, including appropriate period works, similar to what the Dillon family would have kept in their library.
OIL LANTERNS – TOP OF BOOKCASES
On top of the five lower set of the book cases sits a unique lamp. Some records indicate they were originally oil based lamps, and were eventually converted to electricity.
They are brass, in the shape of a magical Aladdin lamp with yet another lion head at the end of the handle. Each of these treasures have been removed, cleaned, restored, and replaced to light the reading of the library’s great works.
Aladdin's lamp definition. The subject of a story in the Arabian Nights. The young boy Aladdin acquires a magic lamp that, when rubbed, brings forth a genie, who grants Aladdin's wishes to win the hand of the sultan's daughter and to build a palace.