Wednesday, January 4, 2012

1910 Public Library, Kewanee, Illinois

[LIB4408] - The citizens of Kewanee , Illinois established their first library in 1875. The initial site for the Library was in the newly built town hall. Later, in 1880 it was moved to the Odd Fellows Building .

In 1901 Andrew Carnegie promised $20,000 to the city of Kewanee for a library building. A condition of the grant was that the citizens agree to purchase a site and support the maintenance of the library with income.

Architects, Patton & Miller were hired to construct the building. A cornerstone was laid in 1906.

The current library was open for business in 1908. {From the website]

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