My recent perambulations downtown searching for thresholds and entryways created by artisans from another time led me to what is now known as the Petaluma Museum.
Of course, like many buildings in the historic district, it has a long history. While I thought that I had thoroughly “covered” this building during past visits, I was persuaded by Katherine Rinehart to take another look. She advised it had a significant tile and marble entryway installed by Petaluma’s E.W.M. Evans in 1906. I thought I knew this building, but it was proof again that one can always discover something new, even in old territory.
For those not familiar with Petaluma, suffice it to say that the building in question is one of the many hundreds of free public libraries built by grants from Andrew Carnegie in the late 19th and early 20th Centuries…
- It’s purpose, set in stone, if you will, on the front of the building.
- And just as Katherine noted, a marble and tile threshold message… set by Petaluma’s E.W.M. Evans in 1906.
- History At Your Feet Part I…Petaluma’s Downtown
- The Petaluma Historical Library & Museum
- History of Carnegie Libraries
- Katherine J Rinehart