Free Public Library of Kaukauna

111 Main Ave., Kaukauna, Wisconsin

Claude & Starck designed Carnegie Library



This is the northeast wing of the original building. To the left is the original main entrance, the modern addition and new main entrance is to the right.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in May 2015




Kaukauna is divided by the Fox River, further divisions include the Meade & Edwards Water Power Canal and the navigation canal that leads to the five Kaukauna Locks. To better serve the two halves of the growing community, public buildings were developed on an island between the power channel and Fox River.

The library was built on the island in 1905 followed by the high school, municipal building and post office.

The library was funded by Andrew Carnegie. It was designed by Claude and Starck, as were several libraries. It features decorative half-timbering and wide overhanging eaves with brackets. Even though the library was expanded, the modern addition maintained most of the features and charm of the original building.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 29, 1984
Reference number
Architectural style
American Movement: Prairie School
Areas of significance
Community Planning and Development; Education
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Current function
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1925-1949
Significant years
1905; 1933

Update Log 

  • May 8, 2015: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated Status, Added Description and Added Photos