The Camden Public Library encourages the community to revisit the newly restored Fauns Garden double staircase. Made possible by a $12,000 grant from the Belvedere Historical Preservation Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, the restoration involved repairing and repointing the brick piers that support the outdoor double staircase, and repairing and refinishing the wrought iron railings integral to the stairs.

Landscape architect Fletcher Steele, who designed the Amphitheatre in 1928, was inspired to transform the back of the library building with the double staircase — a miniaturized version of the grand stairway at the Chateau de Fontainebleau outside Paris, one of the details that helped earn National Historic Landmark status for the Amphitheatre and Library in 2013.

“Restoring the deteriorating elements of the Fauns Garden’s double staircase enables this
 beautiful, historically significant setting to continue to welcome people,” said Library Parks Director Dave Jackson. “It will serve as a safe space to gather and to be at ease, now and for years to come.”