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315 W. 2nd Ave.

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Historic Name:Durand Free Library
Reference Number:80000173
Location (Address):315 W. 2nd Ave.
Durand Free Library
315 Second Avenue West, Durand, Pepin County
Architect: Claude & Starck
Date of Construction: 1907

The Durand Library Association established a local library in 1886. Located above the Huntington Feed Store, it remained there until 1898 when it moved to Hutchinson Drugstore. Two years later the city assumed financial responsibility and moved the collection to Durand State Bank where it became known as the Durand Free Library. The city acquired a Carnegie grant in 1906 and construction on a new library building began the next year.

The Madison firm of Claude & Starck, noted for their many Carnegie libraries throughout Wisconsin, provided the design. Known for their Prairie and Neoclassical designs; Claude & Starck chose a less common Tudor design for the Durand Free Library. The building is constructed of locally quarried rusticated ashlar limestone topped by red brick. Prominent Tudor features include the flattened arch framing the entrance, brackets and bargeboards, and decoratively cut rafters that extend beneath the low roof eaves. The steeply pitched roof is clad in French red clay tiles. Two windows break through the eaves requiring gabled dormers.

The interior has a typical Carnegie library plan with a central circulation desk and wall stacks. The fireplace in the reference alcove contains a plaster replication of the Chariot Races found in the ruins of Herculaneum, Italy. A fig leaf was added to the nude male figure to calm public controversy. The lower floor consists of several community rooms.

The building is now used as private offices. Please respect the privacy of the owners.

Period of Significance:1900-1924
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Education: Library
Architectural Style:Other
Architectural Style:Late Gothic Revival
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Claude & Starck
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:02/20/1980
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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