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Historic Name:Tomah Public Library
Reference Number:76000068
Location (Address):716 Superior Ave.
Tomah Public Library
716 Superior Avenue, Tomah, Monroe County
Date of Construction: 1916
Architect: Claude and Starck

The 1916 Tomah Public Library is an excellent small Carnegie library; one of many libraries designed by the Madison architectural firm of Claude & Starck. The architects developed attractive schemes that appealed to library commissions, particularly those funded by the Carnegie Foundation. They received many commissions for libraries throughout Wisconsin and in other states as well.

Louis Claude became well versed in the field of library design, and vigorously pursued library commissions during this period of explosive growth. He spoke before library clubs and produced a pamphlet on the subject. Claude & Starck were part of a Midwestern progressive movement and many of the firm's library designs display Prairie School or Arts and Crafts elements.

Built in the Prairie style, the Tomah Public Library is of a design found at a number of the firm's libraries, including those in Evansville and Merrill, Wisconsin. The building continues to fulfill its historic function and is open during normal library hours. An addition by Potter, Lawson and Pawlowsky of Madison was constructed in 1980.

Period of Significance:1900-1924
Area of Significance:Architecture
Applicable Criteria:Architecture/Engineering
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:05/28/1976
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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