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321 S. Main St.

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Historic Name:Waupaca Free Public Library
Reference Number:96000732
Location (Address):321 S. Main St.
Waupaca Free Public Library
321 S. Main Street, Waupaca, Waupaca County
Architects: Parkinson & Dockendorff
Date of Construction: 1914

The Monday Night Club, Waupaca's oldest existing women's organization, and the Women's Club ran an active campaign to establish a library in the small town of Waupaca. Their campaign included speeches from leaders of the library movement in order to raise funds for the library's construction. The Carnegie Foundation of New York donated $10,000 to build the Waupaca Free Public Library completed in 1914. LaCrosse architects Bernard Parkinson and Albert Dockendorff, locally known for their Craftsman and Prairie School styles, designed the "modern" library to exemplify the influence of both Tudor and American Arts and Crafts styles.

Like many Carnegie libraries sited on the edge of neighborhoods, it was designed with a strong residential feel. Its placement and size are both consistent with the larger homes around it and has often been mistaken for a private residence. While the elements of Tudor design, such as steeply pitched roofs, multiple gables, and groups of tall casement windows, are easily recognizable, the influence of American Arts and Crafts is subtler. The wide, unclosed eaves, decorative, false beams, and an entrance porch supported by tapering square columns illustrate Arts and Crafts. The incorporation of these styles was uncommon to public buildings before World War I.

The Library remained in use until 1993 when collections and services became too large for the facility. The building is now privately owned, please respect the privacy rights of its owners.

Period of Significance:1925-19491900-1924
Area of Significance:Architecture
Area of Significance:Education
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Education: Library
Architectural Style:Tudor Revival
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Parkinson and Dockendorff
Architect:Starmont, James
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:06/28/1996
State Register Listing Date:01/01/1989
Number of Contributing Buildings:1
Number of Contributing Sites:0
Number of Contributing Structures:0
Number of Contributing Objects:0
Number of Non-Contributing Sites:0
Number of Non-Contributing Structures:0
Number of Non-Contributing Objects:0
National Register and State Register of Historic Places, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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