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Onawa Public Library

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1908–1909, Patton and Miller. Corner of Iowa and 7th streets
  • Onawa Public Library (David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim)

A little outside of the downtown area, is the Carnegie public library (1908–1909), designed by Patton and Miller of Chicago. The format of the building is not at all usual for small public libraries within the state. The two-story brick building covered by a hipped roof with a wide overhang appears like a recreational building one could find in the parks around Chicago, or as one of the houses of George W. Maher. There is a Maher-like entrance with a projecting curved roof, while the first-floor windows are arches that have been filled in with glass or in some cases with wood paneling. On the second floor the architects have created and repeated a pattern of horizontal Chicago-like windows. Because of the size and number of the windows on both floors, the interior is well lighted.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim



David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Onawa Public Library", [Onawa, 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, 489-489.

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