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Waco–McLennan County Public Library

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1961, Spicer, Bush and Witt. 1717 Austin Ave.

This modern one-story building over a raised basement replaced the W. W. Cameron House at this location and a Carnegie Library. The planar walls of marble and glass are a distinct contrast to the older buildings in the downtown area and adjacent residential streets. The Carnegie Library cornerstone is incorporated into the rear of the building. Door handles to the library are striking and colorful while the interior retains much of its Charles and Ray Eames–designed and Herman Miller–manufactured furniture.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Waco–McLennan County Public Library", [Waco, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 127-128.

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