The Library's First Bookcase
This antique Victorian style wooden bookcase was the first to be purchased for the Kansas City Public Library. It has five shelves and two lower drawers. Access to the shelving cabinet is gained through two doors comprised of glass and wood that swing outward. Each door contains four panes of glass. The base of the bookcase contains two drawers, each drawer is accessed by two wooden knobs, located to the right and left of each compartment. The bookcase has three locks, one for the shelving compartment and one for each drawer. The exterior of the piece is adorned with simple low relief covering the sides, corners, top and base of the bookcase. Three stylized medallions also adorn the book case, located at the right, left and top of the furniture. The bookcase is topped with crown molding. The exterior of the bookcase has a reddish tint, most likely a cherry finish.