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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 22., The Medford library building. (search)
Magoun, now the public library building. Who knows the name of its architect, or yet the master builder that erected it, or even any workman that wrought in its construction? The old house holds its secrets well. Who knows the make — up of those massive circular walls, or the year, or years (for work was not hurriedly done in those days) of its erection? Prior to its time no one in Medford, that we know of, had ventured the construction of a house with circular rooms, save that of Abraham Touro, and that in but one particular. But here we find a combination of two adjacent circles of twenty-six feet placed under one roof of the most substantial kind. We have been led to make these observations and queries for the information, not only of ourselves, but for those of Medford's people who may take interest therein. Soon after coming to Medford we noticed its peculiarity, and remember it as it was ere the terrace and lofty portico were added by the owner to the mansion hous