Oregon Public Library

300 Jefferson St., Oregon, Illinois

A Carnegie Library that has been serving the community since 1908


Overview Looking Northeast

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in April 2014




A Carnegie Library that has been serving the community since 1908. The library was founded in 1872 and operated in private homes until this structure was built.

The Eagle's Nest Art Colony, just north of town, was founded by Lorado Taft. (It is the site of a concrete sculpture of Blackhawk.) Members of the colony suggested an art gallery on the second floor of the library. The artists used the gallery space for public art exhibitions and lectures. Over fifty works were donated to the Oregon Public Library as a permanent collection.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 9, 2003
Reference number
Architectural styles
American Movement; American Movement: Bungalow/Craftsman
Areas of significance
Education; Architecture
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Library; Meeting hall; Museum
Current functions
Library; Meeting hall; Museum
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949; 1950-1974
Significant years
1908; 1909

Update Log 

  • April 22, 2014: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status and Added Photos