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Terrell Heritage Museum (Carnegie Library)

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1904, Messer and Smith. 207 N. Frances St.

Messer and Smith of Waco used two-story-high arched windows to increase the visual scale of the classical building, along with an entrance portico of monumental paired Ionic columns. English-born S. Wemyss-Smith, who, later in partnership with S. A. Layton, designed the Oklahoma State Capitol (1917), also designed Carnegie libraries in Belton (1904), Corsicana (1904; demolished 1967), and Cleburne (1905; WC37). The classical style introduced to Terrell by the Carnegie Library was soon emulated by other institutions in the city, including the City Hall (1914, Van Slyke and Woodruff; 115 N. Adelaide Street), and the First National Bank of Terrell (KR4).

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Terrell Heritage Museum (Carnegie Library)", [Terrell, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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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, 108-108.

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