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Tyndall Public Library

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1917, Beuttler and Arnold. 110 E. 17th Ave. (W. Main St.)
  • (Photograph by Michelle Dennis)

Tyndall Public Library was one of the last of the twenty-five Carnegie libraries built in South Dakota. Unique among the state's Carnegie libraries, Tyndall’s facility is influenced by the Prairie School and Craftsman styles rather than the more typical Classical Revival. The rectangular brick building rests on a raised concrete basement foundation and is topped with a red-clay–tiled hipped roof. A wide, overhanging eave is supported by large decorative brackets. The centered main entrance projects slightly from the front of the building, and the wide doorway is topped with a curved transom. Sioux City architectural firm Beuttler and Arnold designed the library, which was built by Goetz Construction Company, also of Sioux City.

Tyndall Public Library is one of only a few of the South Dakota Carnegie libraries still used for its original purpose. Much of the wood trim and original furnishings, including wood tables, chairs, and bookcases, remain intact. In 2018, the Bon Homme Heritage Museum began using the library basement to catalog and archive its collection.


Richards, Susan L. “The Building of Carnegie Libraries in South Dakota.” South Dakota History 20, no. 1 (Spring 1990): 1-16.

Stewart, James, and Gerlad Wolff, “Carnegie Public Library of Tyndall,” Bon Homme County, South Dakota. National Register of Historic Places Inventory-Nomination Form, 1984. National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C.

Writing Credits

Michelle L. Dennis



  • 1917


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Michelle L. Dennis, "Tyndall Public Library", [Tyndall, South Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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