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Potter County Library

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1922, Smith and Townes. 519 S. Taylor St.

Twelve members of the Just Us Girls Club organized the Potter County free library in 1902. First occupying a donated house, the library moved to the old post office, a fire station, and city hall before this structure was built. The library occupies the southwest corner of the courthouse square. With a hint of the Prairie Style, the building of tan pressed brick and stone trim is typical of early-twentieth-century library design. Here, a symmetrical, T-shaped plan is elevated above a partially depressed basement containing an auditorium, a space that also was used as a lounge by women and children in town for shopping.

Surrounding commercial buildings contributed to the civic dignity of the courthouse square area, exemplified by the two-and-a-half-story Insurance Building (1926, W. R. Kaufman, with Kerr and Walsh) at 210 SE 6th Avenue, with its dark red tapestry brick facade enhanced by cast-stone trim and terra-cotta ornament.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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

Print Source

Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 335-335.

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