icon for Home page
icon for Kid's Home page
icon for Digital Collection
icon for Activities
icon for Turns Exhibit
icon for In the Classroom
icon for Chronologies
icon for My Collection

Online Collection

(c) Pocumtuck Valley Memorial Association, Deerfield MA. All rights reserved.
Contact us for information about using this image.

Detail 1
Detail 1
Detail 2
Detail 2

label levels:

This mutule block, a decorative element attached to a building's soffit, was taken from the Greenfield, Massachusetts, Public Library during renovations in 1978. The building was originally constructed for Judge Jonathan Leavett (also spelled "Leavitt") in 1798, designed by Asher Benjamin and was neo-clasical. Benjamin (1773?-1845) was born in Hartland, CT. He worked on a number of houses in New England before publishing a series of handbooks or builder's guides that combined some of his own designs with already existing ones to create near-definitive guides to the early 19th century Federal and later Greek Revival archtectual styles. His designs borrowed elements from Grecian design with some Roman elements. Jonathan Leavett's home, built on the original town Lot 12 on Main St., was one of the centers of early 19th century Greenfield society.


top of page

Greenfield Public Library Mutule Block

date   c. 1798
depth   8.5"
width   10.0"
height   3.0"
process/materials   wood
accession #   #1978.01.01

Look Closer icon My Collection icon Detailed info icon

ecard icon Send an e-Postcard of this object

See Also...

Greenfield Public Library Cornice fragment

Greenfield Public Library Cornice fragment

Greenfield Public Library

button for Side by Side Viewingbutton for Glossarybutton for Printing Helpbutton for How to Read Old Documents


Home | Online Collection | Things To Do | Turns Exhibit | Classroom | Chronologies | My Collection
About This Site | Site Index | Site Search | Feedback