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15 Gorgeous Photos Of The Old Cincinnati Library

Here’s what 629 Vine St. in downtown Cincinnati looks like today…

Here's what 629 Vine St. in downtown Cincinnati looks like today...

1. …But It used to be home to one of the prettiest libraries in the country.

...But It used to be home to one of the prettiest libraries in the country.

Kids setting on the front steps of the building.

Image by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

2. In 1874 the Public Library of Cincinnati opened in a small building originally intended to be an opera house.

In 1874 the Public Library of Cincinnati opened in a small building originally intended to be an opera house.
Image by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

3. The library’s main entrance.

The library's main entrance.
Image by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

4. A glimpse of the Main Hall can be seen through vestibule.

A glimpse of the Main Hall can be seen through vestibule.
Image by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

5. The beautiful main hall.

The beautiful main hall.
Image by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

6. This photo of the Main Hall was taken about a year before the building was closed.

This photo of the Main Hall was taken about a year before the building was closed.
Image by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

7. The Art Room, it was located on the third floor of the building.

The Art Room, it was located on the third floor of the building.
Image by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

8. The Newspaper Room (photo circa 1899).

The Newspaper Room (photo circa 1899).
Image by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

9. Looking down at the reading area in the Main Hall.

Looking down at the reading area in the Main Hall.

10. The Main Hall featured five tiers of cast-iron alcoves that housed over 200,000 books.

The Main Hall featured five tiers of cast-iron alcoves that housed over 200,000 books.

12. The Fiction Alcove, the perfect spot to get lost in.

The Fiction Alcove, the perfect spot to get lost in.
Image by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

13. One of the large cast-iron book alcoves that lined the Main Hall.

One of the large cast-iron book alcoves that lined the Main Hall.
Image by Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County

15. Unfortunately, the library outgrew the space and in 1955 the library was moved, and the old building was demolished.

Unfortunately, the library outgrew the space and in 1955 the library was moved, and the old building was demolished.
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