In June 1914 the community of Traer received a $10,000 grant from the Carnegie Foundation for the town library. By the end of July the architect J. G. Ralston of Waterloo was drafting his initial sketches for the building. The scheme provided was a conventional one: a structure on a raised basement, with steps leading up to a central entrance and reading rooms on either side. The architect's frontispiece for the building entailed a shallow pediment and accompanying entablature supported by two pairs of pilasters placed on each side of the entrance. The scale of this Beaux-Arts building is something between that of a public building and a larger domestic design.
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