Sunday, October 9, 2022

Yellow Ammonite Fossils in Boston


When I was in Boston during August 2022 and second opportunity arose to visit The Boston Public Library's McKim Building. So here are some more pictures of the yellow ammonite fossils embedded in the marble (limestone) floor tiles. The complex is known as the Central Library in Copley Square of Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Charles Follen McKim (1847-1909) was the chief architect for this 1895 building 

The floor contains Jurassic Period yellow Siena marble (limestone) from Italy. When visiting the library look at the floor for sections of yellow marble and see the whorled remains of these cephalopods.

This last images shows a Louis St. Gaudens (1854-1913) Siena marble statue of a lion commissioned by American Civil War veterans to commemorate their fallen comrades of the Massachusetts Second and Twentieth volunteer infantries. The panels in the background are part of eight panels created by the French muralist Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824-1898). The panels represent the disciplines visitors could study at the library: Astronomy, Chemistry, Dramatic Poetry, Epic Poetry, History, Pastoral Poetry, Philosophy, and Physics.