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Austin History Center (Austin Public Library)

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Austin Public Library
1933, Hugo Franz Kuehne. 401 W. 9th St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

The former public library may be Kuehne's finest work in Austin. The handsome Beaux-Arts building, a lean flat-roofed block with arched windows and a long straight cornice, is accessed by gracious steps that rise to entrances on both W. 9th and Guadalupe streets. The interior retains the original finishes and the downstairs rooms are used for exhibits and public lectures. Upstairs the archival reading room has large arched windows and is reminiscent of its former library use.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Austin History Center (Austin Public Library)", [Austin, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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