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E. 1st St.

National or State Register of Historic Places
E. 1st St. | National or State Registers Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Scott, T. B., Free Library
Reference Number:74000096
Location (Address):E. 1st St.
T.B. Scott Free Library
106 West 1st Street, Merrill, Lincoln County
Architects: Claude & Starck
Date of Construction: 1911

In 1889, Thomas B. Scott, a lumberman, state senator, and the first mayor of Merrill, gifted $10,000 in his will to the city to establish a free library. The Merrill library was one of the first three libraries in northern Wisconsin. It initially occupied space in the Merrill City Hall.

In 1909, Merrill received a Carnegie Grant of $17,500 to build a new library building. Merrill chose architects Louis Ward Claude and Edward F. Starck to design the new library building. The architectural firm was widely known throughout the state for its Prairie School designs. Though they worked primarily on houses, Claude and Starck also designed a number of libraries, including several in the Prairie School style between 1908 and 1916. The 1911 T.B. Scott Free Library’s most striking feature is the Sullivanesque frieze that wraps around the building, just below the roofline. The library received a large addition in 2001.

The T.B. Scott Free Library is open during normal business hours.

Period of Significance:1900-1924
Area of Significance:Architecture
Area of Significance:Education
Area of Significance:Social History
Applicable Criteria:Event
Applicable Criteria:Person
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:01/21/1974
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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