The Old Library was built in 1902, and was one of the main buildings which helped give West Chester the name, The Athens of the West by Philadelphia Magazine in 2001. Throughout the small town, neoclassical architecture is shown quite a lot. I was specifically focusing on campus buildings, but the neoclassical theme is shown throughout the entire town, with the: town courthouse, the Chester county bank building, the town ‘drinking fountain’, and the farmers and mechanics building. 

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The Old Library demonstrates a classic theme in architecture, neoclassical. Neoclassical generally was inspired by the architecture of ancient Rome and ancient Greece. Most of the time, neoclassical architecture will feature tall and ornate columns, triangular pediment, a domed roof and symmetrical shape. 

 

For picture of the neoclassical inspired buildings within the town and town information, visit: http://www.downtownwestchester.com/view_gallery.php?listid=2

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