Roswell P. Flower Memorial Library
229 Washington Street
Dedicated on November 10, 1904
Addison F. Lansing.
The Flower Memorial Library, called the most beautiful small library in the United States when it was dedicated in 1904, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Design and construction was funded by Mrs. Emma Flower Taylor in memory of her father, Governor of New York State, Roswell Pettibone Flower.
Much of the interior was designed by the sculptor Augustus Saint-Gaudens.
The rotunda features zodiac signs inlaid in the marble floor while on the dome presents figures of history, romance, religion, and science paired with fables, drama, lyric and epic poetry. The inscription under the dome reads “To know wisdom and instruction: to perceive the words of understanding.”