Knight Centennial — Music & Illumination

(5.11) The Knight Memorial Library will celebrate 100 years of shushing noisy boys this Saturday with a free outdoor concert on the lawn, and the public is invited. This “Light Up the Knight!” celebration concludes with a grand finale at 7:45pm when the entire facade of the library will be illuminated with lights! And this illumination will continue during the centennial year and beyond. What a great idea.
This special outdoor event, which marks the one hundredth anniversary of the opening of the iconic Knight Memorial Library, will feature award-winning Dominican-American salsa star EhShawnee, music from DJ Trackstar and a performance from the Providence Drum Troupe. There will also be a bounce house for children and food trucks.

Knight Memorial Library opened on May 14, 1924. It was built to house the Elmwood Public Library Association in honor of the industrialist Robert Knight and family and was designed by the famed New York Architect, Edward L.Tilton. The grand interior design is based on the space of a Roman atrium and features a colonnade, casts of the Parthenon frieze, coffered ceilings, wrought-iron work, stained glass and rich wood paneling. (See below)

From the Providence Preservation Society:

Robert Knight was one of the founders, with his brother Benjamin Brayton (1813–1898), of the famed B. B. and R. Knight Co., the greatest cotton-manufacturing firm in the world at the beginning of the twentieth century and the producer of the Fruit of the Loom brand.

Free and open to the public, 5:30pm to 8pm, Saturday, May 11, Knight Library, 275 Elmwood Avenue (directions)

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Frieze!

Look at the detail.

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