Tripp Memorial Library and Hall

565 Water St., Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin

Two story, brick, rectangular building


Overview Looking Southwest

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in April 2017




"The Tripp Memorial Library, important in the civic and cultural life of Prairie du Sac for many years, is associated with a significant person, J. Stephens Tripp, who left most of his fortune to the University of Wisconsin when he died in 1915. Tripp's gift of $10,575 of the $13,000 cost of the library building gave a hint, while he was still living, of the generous amounts he would leave in his will for hospitals and educational institutions, especially the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The gift was a complete surprise to the University.

"The building also has significance in the cultural and civic life of the community. Prairie du Sac's first library was established on this site in 1900 in two rooms of a hotel, purchased by the village in 1902. When the Tripp Memorial Library was completed in 1913, the library and village offices were housed here. Elections were held in the second floor room, where annual and other meetings of the village were held. Mr. Tripp cast the first ballot in the first election in the building in August 1913. All village government activities were concentrated on the second floor until a new, ground level village hall was completed behind the library in 1964."

Description segments were taken from the National Register of Historic Places Registration Form prepared for the National Park Service. The application, dated June 27, 1981, was prepared by John Gruber.

For more about this site, follow the link below to find the document quoted above.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 14, 1981
Reference number
Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival
Area of significance
Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Current functions
Museum; Library
Period of significance
Significant year

Update Log 

  • May 9, 2017: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated listing, added description and added photos