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Carnegie Public Library

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1903–1904, Patton and Miller. Northeast corner of Main and Madison streets

Patton and Miller went back to H. H. Richardson's 1880–1883 Crane Memorial Library in Quincy, Massachusetts, for their inspiration for this building. They have detailed the central round tower and the adjacent round arch in limestone; the remainder of the building is sheathed in brick, with a limestone foundation and trim. Instead of placing the front gable over the entrance, as Richardson did at Quincy, the architects have located it to the left of the tower. Though Romanesque in intent, the arrangement of the windows and the brick walls suggests the Colonial Revival. This touch of the Colonial is just enough to make the design seem up-to-date for the early 1900s.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Carnegie Public Library", [Mt Pleasant, Iowa], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Iowa, David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993, 131-131.

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