October 1, 2011 marked the opening of Hotel Commonwealth’s new guest room, The Reading Suite, which has the décor of a classic library.
Stephen Sheffield, Robert Parker
Signed books by local and national authors who have stayed at the hotel and artists who have exhibited at Panopticon Gallery are displayed on the shelves. Above the headboard, guests will see three images of the Boston Public Library in Copley Square.
A large map of the 1743 City of Boston Plan lavishes a wall in the parlor; and beside it, a cozy nook situated in a corner by a bay window.
The hotel General Manager, Adam Sperling, welcomed Eva Timothy, who stopped by the suite to autograph her book, Lost in Learning. The monograph has been left on a wooden table in the lounge area alongside a framed note by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, better known as the author of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries.
Eva Timothy, T.J.
Eva explained the story behind her photograph, T.J., from the series Finding Freedom. The book photographed was Thomas Jefferson’s copy of Plato’s Republic from the Library of Congress. The printer had put a “T” at the bottom of the page for reference. Jefferson completed it by writing “.J.” thus initialing the book as his own.
-Marianne Salza, Panopticon Gallery intern