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304 Locust St.

National or State Register of Historic Places
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Historic Name:Hudson Public Library
Reference Number:84000062
Location (Address):304 Locust St.
County:St. Croix
Hudson Public Library
304 Locust Street, Hudson, St. Croix County
Architect: VanRyn & DeGelleke
Date of Construction: 1904

In 1868, Carrie Martin and Elizabeth Jefferson formed the Ladies Literary Association to promote literacy and supply scholarly works. Jefferson offered her home as a meeting place for the association. Financed by annual dues, the organization purchased books and subscribed to many newspapers and periodicals. The Hudson Public Library was established under state law in 1903 and constructed a building the next year with a Carnegie grant. Upon opening the Ladies Literary Association disbanded and donated their collection to the library.

Noted Milwaukee architects VanRyn & DeGelleke designed the NeoClassical structure. A Bedford limestone parapet and cornice cap its flat roof. Fluted Doric columns support the projecting entry portico ornamented with a frieze and triglyphs derived from ancient Greek architecture. The double entrance doors are topped with a transom divided into three square lights with muntins that radiate from a central point. Rounded medallions featuring open books surrounded by wreaths of leaves are placed on either side of the portico.

The interior includes an entablature shelf, lintels, door frames, the circulation desk, and delicate spindle stair railing crafted by local artisan John A. Lee.

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

Period of Significance:1900-19241925-1949
Area of Significance:Architecture
Area of Significance:Community Planning And Development
Applicable Criteria:Event
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Education: Library
Architectural Style:Classical Revival
Resource Type:Building
Architect:VanRyn & DeGelleke
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:10/04/1984
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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