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Historic Name:Free Public Library of Kaukauna
Reference Number:84003756
Location (Address):111 Main Ave.
Kaukauna Public Library
111 Main Avenue, Kaukauna, Outagamie County
Architect: Claude and Starck
Dates of Construction: 1905, addition in 1976

Kaukauna Public Library is centrally located on a large island in the Fox River between north and south Kaukauna. The site was offered by Green Bay and Mississippi Canal Company in 1899. In order to build a library building, the local Women┬┐s group solicited funds from both the Carnegie Foundation and former mayor and president of the library board, Dr. Herbert Tanner.

Madison library specialists Claude and Starck designed this small rectangular building. Their design reflects the Prairie School style with wide overhanging eaves, decorative half-timbering,and horizontal bands of casement windows. Influences from the Craftsman style are also evident throughout with decorative features such as curvilinear bargeboards, scroll brackets, and bay windows.

The construction and location of the library symbolized the cultural coming of age and community pride of Kaukauna. It set a pattern for centralizing municipal facilities. Although an addition was put on in 1976 to provide more space, the design incorporated the Carnegie building to retain its architectural significance.

The library is still in operation and is open during regular hours.

Period of Significance:1925-19491900-1924
Area of Significance:Community Planning And Development
Area of Significance:Education
Applicable Criteria:Event
Historic Use:Education: Library
Architectural Style:Prairie School
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Claude & Starck
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:03/29/1984
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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