When an addition was built to expand the old Elm Street library in 1891, the architects Earle and Fisher added two statues of great horned owls to the lintel over the arched doorway of the original structure. They remained there until they were moved to the interior of the Salem Square library that replaced the Elm Street building in 1964. In 1980, the Friends of Worcester Public Library held a contest to name the owls. The winning entry named them “Who” and “Whom.” The statues are thirty-six inches high and charcoal in color. The designer and fabricator are unknown.

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