Part of the Library Postcards: Civic Pride in a Lost America site.
Probably I have more chutzpah than brains to put up my offerings, given these great pages that have beaten me to Iowa library history:
Carnegie Libraries in Iowa Project
State Library of Iowa's list of Carnegie library construction dates.
Fairfield (Jefferson County) library was the first Carnegie library west of the Mississippi.
The non-Carnegie buildings are on a new
A-C is on another page. D-L is on a new page, as is P-Z.
1902 grant; built 1903. Addition built 90 years later. Still in use, per CLIP.
(L) Excelsior monochrome mailed in 1910.
(C) Commercialchrome mailed in 1916.
(R) This building's not so much Neapolitan, as it is rainbow sherbet. The card, by an unknown publisher, was mailed in 1908.
Maquoketa's Carnegie library was also built in 1902.
After renovation, it is still in use.
(L) The card was printed in Germany and is part of the PCK series.
(C) D.N. Loose card, slightly different than the card on the right.
(R) Also printed in Germany, this card was imported by D.N. Loose.
Patton and Miller come to Iowa: 1904. Resultant library still in use, with an addition. A Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation grant provided for its web site.
Two photo cards, one from 1907, the other from 1911. The writing on the 1907 card is in German script.
(L) Could this be the staff of the Marion library assembled near the entrance?
Could they be growing hemp for the war effort? Castor beans, more likely.
(C) Over the doorway reads, 'Carnegie Library Free to the People.'
(R) Another anonymously published card, mailed in 1908.
The 1903 building has been replaced, and now serves as Methodist Church offices.
Late 1901 grant, renovated since. Replaced in 2008.
This was quite the large library for its day. Its corner lot location results in a building that begins to look a bit 'Western.'
(L) Curt Teich card.
(R) E.C. Kropp product, never mailed.
|Was this rock left over from building the 1902 Carnegie building,
or is this some type of Mason City monument?
Possibly the same photographer and publisher
(perhaps C.U. Williams)
as the Waverly, IA winter scene on the next page.
|Rather battered card, a few years newer.||Not much to see here, except some truly grand 1940s cars.|
Then the South exacted its revenge.
(L) New front added sometime prior to the 1944 postmark on this Curt Teich card.
(R) Chrome card showing the Denison Adult Reading Room and the Kinney Patio. Judging from the clothes of the women reading under the tree, I'd guess this addition came before 1965.
The original Carnegie building was built 1902, and is now used as offices for a construction firm.
Built 1909, renovated 2000, according to the State Library of Iowa website.
Resembles the Rhinelander, WI, library before its renovation.
(L) Card published by the Pike's Variety Shop of Missouri
Valley, Iowa. Carries a plate number 3816: whose I know not.
(R) L.L. Cook photo card.
1903 grant. Built 1906; replaced ca. 2006.
Who'd expect a Mission-style library in Iowa? Well, Mission with a single Gothic window.
One of the buildings in the background appears to have been built in the mid-1950s, but I can't date this L.L. Cook photo card more closely.
1903 grant. Now used as an educational center.
This building is rather transitional between Romanesque (reflected in the tower by the arched entrance) and the more modern style (rectangular windows).
(L) Even the German printers liked to add red striped awnings!
(C) Assertive monochrome card.
(R) Another monochrome, rather lacking.
1905 grant. 1986 addition.
Strange ornament that looks like a bath towel on a rod.
(L) Photo card.
(R) Real photo card, at the corner of Woodridge and 8th. Bleak photo, taken proximate to a rainstorm.
This 1902 library was demolished in 1994. In general, Iowa was not as hasty as some states to demolish its aging Carnegie buildings.
(L) Unusual postcard whose back bears a Japanese lantern logo with MS Co.
(R) The Real Photo Postcard documents a building that still bore traces of Italianate architecture. Weirdly, the new building either has some Italianate features, or else was built in front of an impressive home.
I think that its odd sculpture is of a cricket.
Built 1904, recent addition. Still in use.
(L) Photo card mailed as a Christmas card in 1913.
(R) I doubt that this photo was taken later than 1914, but the card does have an entire back.
Built 1907: renovated and enlarged 2005. Recently (October, 2008) celebrated its
Maybe it's the unusual architecture--a stunning hybrid of Japanese and Prairie style-- but this library looks larger than the average Iowa Carnegie building. The library's history page hints at Louis Sullivan's influence.
1914 Minneapolis & Omaha RPO postmark.
1905 Carnegie grant. Dedicated in 1911.
Something about the proportions of this typical Carnegie building strike me as the architectural equivalent of hoisting one's khakis up to one's armpits. It's been replaced, which is one way to solve an aesthetic problem.
Personally, I would have tried peonies.
(L) Closeup view which unfortunately captures a Ladies Rest Room sign at left.
(R) L.L. Cook photo card.
Built 1908: also dedicated in 1911.
Goth version of the Charles City library.
(L) Very surprising photographic view: I have owned the card at right for many years, and never knew that the building has
nearly a full basement storey, plus a side (staff?) entrance. Might be why it's still in use.
(R) Early (mailed 1913) E.C. Kropp card.
Built 1902: renovated.
(L) Unevenly divided card #2801 from the Acmegraph Company of Chicago.
(R) Card #12053 published by A.L. Black of Oskaloosa and printed in Germany. Mailed in 1912.
(R) Of course, Curt Teich entered the Osky scene later on. Notice the additional foliage.
According to Iowa State Extension's Ottumwa Walking Tour site,
this is one of 101 Iowa Carnegie libraries, and was built in 1901. CLIP adds that there has been renovation and an addition added, but does not give the date.
Neither post card gives publishing information.
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Divided: 10 October 2009.
Updated: 25 August 2012.
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