Non-Carnegie Indiana Libraries, M-Z

Cret Building

Yes, there are some that were not funded from Carnegie grants.

Some of the most famous benefactors include Charles Eckhart and James Whitcomb Riley.

 Mentone (Bell Memorial Public Library)

Mentone was another city which decided against a Carnegie grant. This, the second iteration, was in use from 1936 to 1960.

Mentone's library was named for the parents of aerospace pioneer Lawrence D. Bell, per the postcard commissioned by the Mentone Reading Club.

 Michigan City

Opened in 1897
Replaced by a very odd, controversial modern building, designed by Helmut Jahn, in 1977.

(L) IP & N Co. postcard, mailed in 1910.
(R) This is a Rotograph card, exquisitely handcolored, and mailed in 1907, shortly after the evenly divided card back was adopted.


Replaced a Carnegie building in 1969.

This Henry McGrew chrome postcard was issued by Mishawaka Federal Savings and Loan Association.

Notice the tandem bicycle near the entrance.


I couldn't find any history on the Library's site, but I did find a wonderful photography page with both an incredible merged image and a photograph which shows this building, facade intact, surrounded by the new library. Stunning images!

(L) E.C. Kropp linen-finish card. Kropp linens can be an acquired taste: this is one of the best.
(R) Clear view brand card by Wayne Paper Box & Printing, mailed in 1939.

 New Harmony (Murphy Library)

Attribution from card caption: possibly incorrect.

 Richmond (Morrison and Reeves Library)

Founded in 1864. The cards show the renovated and expanded building! It even had Tiffany windows!

At first, when you look at the library's website, you hope this building is still in use.
Gleefully, you click through to their local history pages. Later you realize that it was recently demolished. Judging from their 'Then and Now' series lead photo, it happened significantly later than its 1975 replacement.

They salvaged the good bits, however, including the Tiffany windows.


This Bedford limestone building is a legacy of the Depression years, built 1931. It's still in use, and looks as if it's never undergone any exterior renovation, That's because they excavated during the 1988-1989 renovation.
I rather like the attitude of Rushville!

The card is, again, a Curt Teich product and appears to be a newer iteration of the Blue Sky series.

 South Bend

This building was also known as 'The Castle.'

It was built in 1895-6, and demolished in 1958.
Replacement: the Mrs. Betty Ruth Spiro Memorial Library, shown below right.

Visit the link for more photos and another postcard.

Spiro Public Library of South Bend

This card (R) displays the good variety of mid-century architecture. Notice the bas-reliefs of books, a lamp of wisdom, and a printing press. This library was named for benefactor Mrs. Betty Ruth Spiro, and opened in 1960. In turn, it was heavily renovated in the early 1990s.

The rounded corner Dexter Press - Penrod Studio card seems to date from very soon after opening. This card style is difficult to present well.

 Terre Haute (Emeline Fairbanks Memorial Library)

Superceded by the Vigo County District Library.

This library has a weird history. At first it was under the jurisdiction of the Terre Haute school system.
This building was built in 1906 at 222 N. 7th Street, by the Modern Construction Company of Terre Haute to the Beaux Arts design of W.H. Floyd and C.E. Scott. Indiana State University acquired the building from the city in 1979 and converted it into an art building in 1984.

The building's full history is on the ISU website.

(L, above) S.H. Knox postcard, never mailed.
(R, above) Bundy postcard, mailed in 1907.
(L, below) Second Bundy postcard, mailed in 1914.
(R, below) E.C. Kropp postcard with white border.

 Versailles (Tyson Library)

Still in use, with a large addition.

The Library has what appears to be a tin roof, and canna lilies out front.

This card seems to be a little bit of a trademark infringement on Curt Teich.
Teich had its 'Blue Sky' series: here, above the words 'Post Card' appears a small 'Blue Sky.'
It was produced by the Eagle Post Card View Co. of New York; published by Spencer's Drug Store of Versailles; and mailed in 1946.


This card features the City Hall, which contained the Library from 1889 until the Carnegie building replaced it in 1919. The photo postcard was produced by the Davidson Brothers, and was mailed in 1910.

This building was photographed by Arthur Rothstein in 1938, when it served as the City Hall and Courthouse. I haven't found any more recent images. Since the City Hall functions have also been relocated, I believe this has been demolished.
Municipal buildings also had met some ignominious fates over the years.

© 2007 - 2013 Judy Aulik
Separated from A-L on 20 November 2013.