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Fair Haven Free Library

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1906. 107 N. Main St., Fair Haven village

The library overlooking the Fair Haven green is one of four in Vermont built with support from the Carnegie Foundation, along with Burlington (1904; 235 College Street), Bellows Falls (1909; 65 Westminster Street), and Morristown (1913; 7 Richmond Street). Its configuration is typical for small Beaux-Arts libraries. The front steps lead to a pedimented entrance pavilion, which gives onto a column-supported rotunda between twin reading rooms with bayed ends and in front of a desk and stack wing. The foundation endorsed this arrangement for small libraries and James Bertram, who from 1904 on ran the library program and reviewed all applicants' plans, included this scheme among the six he published in a 1911 pamphlet, Notes on the Erection of Library Bildings [sic]. The Fair Haven library's exterior, of buff brick with limestone trim—including Doric columns in antis, quoins, cornice, and pediment—is extremely similar to its larger contemporary in Bellows Falls. This suggests that it is by the same architects, McLean and Wright of Boston, who designed some twenty Carnegie libraries across New England in the years that Fair Haven was building its version.

Writing Credits

Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson


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Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson, "Fair Haven Free Library", [Fair Haven, Vermont], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Vermont

Buildings of Vermont, Glenn M. Andres and Curtis B. Johnson. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 92-92.

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