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Hudson Public Library

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1903–1904, Claire Allen. 205 S. Market St.
  • (Photograph by Kathryn Bishop Eckert)

This small Carnegie-funded city library was designed in a modified Beaux-Arts classical style by Allen of Jackson and was constructed of local fieldstone by Koch Brothers of Ann Arbor. The high-style building scaled to the size of this city's population delighted the people of Hudson. A parapet and flanking Ionic columns in antis lend focus and a degree of formality to the central entrance with a doorway marked by a Gibbs surround (named for architect James Gibbs), in which large blocks of stone are inserted into the architrave. In 1905–1906, the brick look-alike Mendon library at 314 W. Main Street followed Allen's plans.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Hudson Public Library", [Hudson, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 189-189.

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