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Carnegie Library

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1907, William E. and Arthur A. Fisher. 1967, addition, George King. 1993, restoration and addition, R. Michael Bell. 1188 E. 2nd Ave. (southeast corner of 12th St.)

Broad eaves give a Prairie Style horizontality to this one-story Beaux-Arts Mediterranean Revival library with a creamy stucco exterior and a red tile roof. A 1967 south addition in burnt orange brick clashed with the original. Durango architect Michael Bell came up with a fine solution: his new entry hides the 1967 eyesore and uses cream-colored stucco walls with cast stone banding that matches the original jewel box.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


What's Nearby


Thomas J. Noel, "Carnegie Library", [Durango, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 557-557.

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