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925 Lincoln Ave.

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Historic Name:Parker, Dwight T., Public Library
Reference Number:83003398
Location (Address):925 Lincoln Ave.
Dwight T. Parker Public Library
925 Lincoln Avenue, Fennimore, Grant County
Architect: Claude & Starck
Date of Construction: 1923

Fennimore women proposed a library building in 1922 to house a book collection formerly located in a room at the Methodist Church and at the Old Fennimore House. Dwight T. Parker, a local Progressive Movement leader and well-known banker, donated the building with the intention that it would be a beautiful point of interest in the city. Upon his death in 1934, Parker added a trust fund to his original gift.

The eclectic design stands out among its residential neighbors and is an unusual choice by well-known library architects Claude & Starck of Madison, better known for their Prairie and NeoClassical designs. The structure incorporates Mediterranean and NeoClassical elements into a rectangular mass reminscent of their Prairie School designs. Large brackets support the wide overhanging eaves of the clay tile roof. A central NeoClassical entrance projects from the front façade. Terracotta details such as a pediment, colonettes, arches, and bracketed sills accent the simple brick motif.

The interior has a typical library plan with a central circulation desk facing the vestibule and reading rooms to either side. The basement was reserved for lectures and now serves as the children¿s library. Horizontal oak moldings, a simple oak mantle, and green tile reflect the architects' Prairie School manner.

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

Period of Significance:1900-1924
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
Historic Use:Education: Library
Architectural Style:Other
Architectural Style:Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals
Resource Type:Building
Architect:Claude & Starck
Historic Status:Listed in the National Register
Historic Status:Listed in the State Register
National Register Listing Date:03/10/1983
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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