Dwight T. Parker Public Library

925 Lincoln Ave., Fennimore, Wisconsin

Two story, Italianate brick building with red tile roof and Terra Cotta ornamentation.

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Overview Looking Southeast

Photo taken by J.R. Manning

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Description 

The Fennimore Public Library opened in 1849 but always operated out of borrowed space. In 1924, local banker, Dwight T. Parker, donated the sum of $35,000 to build a library in a suitable site that would be the pride of Fennimore.

The result is this two-story, brick rectangular building. Distinctive wide overhanging eaves support a hipped roof with red clay tile. The main entrance is pedimented the projecting entry decor is Terra Cotta. There are two sets of three round-headed windows on each side of the entryway that are repeated on the north elevation. The windows feature Terra Cotta colonettes and bracketed sills.

It is a beautiful and distinctive building, still serving the community, in its original function, almost 90 years later.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 10, 1983
Reference number
83003398
NR name
Parker, Dwight T., Public Library
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival; Other architectural type; Mediterranean-Classical
Area of significance
Architecture
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Library
Current function
Library
Period of significance
1900-1924
Significant year
1923

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