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Carnegie Public Library

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1902–1906, John G. Ralston. Corner of 5th and Mulberry streets

Ralston made a modest-sized Carnegie Library grand by emphasizing its central raised section with two pairs of closely spaced Ionic columns placed on a low, abbreviated podium. Above is a classical pediment with a lunette window, all reminiscent of buildings at the World's Columbian Exposition of 1893, held in Chicago. The sense of enhanced scale is heightened by having the entrance stairs narrow and then break into the podium upon which the columns rest. Another hint of stateliness is the suggestion of a balcony above the columned entrance.

Writing Credits

David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim


What's Nearby


David Gebhard and Gerald Mansheim, "Carnegie Public Library", [Waterloo, 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, 442-442.

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