The Redwood Library and Athenaeum is a private subscription library in Newport. The Library was founded 1747. It is the oldest community library still occupying its original building in the United States. The building was designed in a Renaissance style by the architect Andrea Palladio. The Library was the first classical public building built in America. The building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1966.
You can't walk down Bellevue Avenue without noticing the Library. We pass it on all of our Bellevue strolls.
Opened in 1750 the Redwood Library is the oldest lending library in America and also the oldest library building in continuous use in the country.
It is said that the Redwood Library is probably one of the most significant architectural type buildings in the country for its classical design. The architect, Peter Harrison intended to "symbolically bring light and order to the emerging culture of the New World" with his use of a classical design.
When Jefferson visited Newport he became interested in the classical desing and was outspoken about making it the model for public buildings in the United States.
The Redwood Library is the oldest continuously operating library in America having been founded in 1747. Today it's part tourist attraction and part functioning library.