Central Library

Central Library Gate Figures

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A Storied Entrance

The Art Deco detailing of the entranceway was designed by sculptors Thomas Hudson Jones and Carl P. Jennewein. Take note: The bronze screen above the entrance features beloved characters from American literature.

View the printable guide to Central Library's gate figures (PDF).

Hover over the figurines for a description:

Row 1: Hester Prynne (from The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne), Archy & Mehitabel (from the stories of Don Marquis), Meg (from Little Women by Louisa May Alcott)

Row 2: Babe the Blue Ox (from "The Legend of Paul Bunyan"), Hiawatha (from the poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow), White Fang (from the novel by Jack London)

Row 3: Rip Van Winkle (from the story by Washington Irving), Brer Rabbit (from Tales of Uncle Remus by Joel Chandler Harris), Natty Bumppo (from James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales)

Row 4: Moby Dick (from the novel by Herman Melville), Portrait of Walt Whitman, The Raven (from the poem by Edgar Allan Poe)

Row 5: Tom Sawyer (from the novel by Mark Twain), Wynken, Blynken and Nod (from the poem by Eugene Field), Richard Henry Dana, Jr. (author and narrator of Two Years Before the Mast)