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.
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