New railing at the SLB

New railing at the Stewart Library Building

Many people felt that the new entrance walkway needed a railing. While it is not required by code because that walk itself is ADA compliant, this adds comfort and a level of safety along the steep rise up from the St. Albans Road level. The metal is constructed to echo…

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Progress on the Private Library Project

The Private Library project is coming along. Of all the work done on the Stewart Library Building this has been the most complex, requiring many decisions along the way. We hope to see the construction and display portion complete and open to the public in a few months. This photo…


Levi Stewart Private Library Project

Levi Merrick Stewart (1827-1910) was born, raised and attended grade school in Corinna, Maine. In 1856 he moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he made his fortune as a real estate lawyer. A noted philanthropist, Stewart built the Stewart Library Building in Corinna as a memorial to his parents. An avid…




Auditorium heating and ventilation

In the summer, the second floor auditorium of the Stewart Library Building, now known as the Jones Nutter Auditorium, can be hot and stuffy. Originally the room was ventilated by openings to the attic in the decorative woodwork around the middle lights. Those openings were closed due to fire regulations…


Beginning of a new railing

Some are concerned that the walkway leading to the new entrance at the Stewart Library Building does not have a railing. The photo below shows the concrete base, poured today, to accommodate a railing that will be added in the future.


Refinishing the floors

Refinishing Floors at the SLB

The Stewart Library Building Preservation Group is working on a number of follow-up projects in the SLB. Over this Veteran’s Day weekend the floors in the Private Library and the first floor hallways have been repaired and refinished.  The work will be complete and the floors ready for use by…


Masonry Repairs

Here is an example of the masonry repair work done by Knowles Industrial Services, Inc. on the Stewart Library Building. The first picture shows the condition of the brick work under the ramp that used to go up to the South Entry Porch. I crawled under the ramp to take…


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