Merriam-Webster defines a belvedere as a "structure (such as a cupola or a summerhouse) designed to command a view. It derives from two Italian words, bel, which means 'beautiful', and vedere, which means 'view'." Right now, the one atop the North Adams Public Library is anything but "beautiful", but help may be "in view". reports that the planning committee for the city's 125th anniversary celebration in April wants to host a fundraising campaign to benefit the library's deteriorating tower, which has been a concern of the trustees for some time now with leaks, broken windows, and structural issues. The cost of the project would need to estimated first.

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The historic library site was originally the Blackinton Mansion, which was built in the late 1800s for textile magnate Sanford Blackinton.

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