I am in Boston this week. Yesterday I spent the entire afternoon at the Boston Public Library, participating in an art and architecture tour of the McKim building, admiring the lovely architectural details, and taking advantage of the great art folios found in the library's collection.
Some interesting notes about the building:
} The original building architecture firm was McKim, Mead and White (the later addition was designed by Phillip Johnson.)
} construction of the McKim building was completed in 1895
} the courtyard was modeled off the Cancelleria Palace in Rome
} the mural in the main gallery was painted by Puvis de Chavannes.