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Boston Public Library
The Boston Public Library in Copley Square (700 Boylston Street) was established in 1848. It was the first publicly supported municipal library in America and the first public library to lend books. The original building was designed by the architecture firm of McKim, Mead and White. Architecture tours are available daily and free of charge.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (280 The Fenway) is in itself a work of art, the only private art collection in which the building, the collection and its installations are the creation of one individual, Isabella Stewart Gardner. Gardner was the ultimate patron of the arts, befriending and collecting the work of John Singer Sargent and James Abbott McNeill Whistler among many others. The Museum houses more than 2,500 paintings, sculptures, tapestries and rare books and includes work by Titian, Michelangelo, Raphael, Rembrandt, Manet, Botticelli and Degas. The original building is a 15th-century Venetian-style palace with three stories of galleries surrounding a flower-filled courtyard. A new wing designed by architect Renzo Piano opened in January 2012. More information is available at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
In 1990 the largest property theft in recorded history occurred at the Gardner Museum. It remains under investigation. Information about the incident and images of the artwork stolen can be seen here.
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