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106 WASHINGTON AVE | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Oshkosh Public Library
Other Name:
Contributing: Yes
Reference Number:31441
Location (Address):106 WASHINGTON AVE
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1900
Additions: 1919 1995
Survey Date:199920052015
Historic Use:library
Architectural Style:Neoclassical
Structural System:
Wall Material:Stone - Unspecified
Architect:William Waters (1900)
Other Buildings On Site:N
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Washington Avenue Neoclassical District
National Register Listing Date:4/10/2017 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:12/2/2016 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information:A 'site file' exists for this property. It contains additional information such as correspondence, newspaper clippings, or historical information. It is a public record and may be viewed in person at the State Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation. The Public Library is an impressive example of Beaux Arts Classicism. The facade is dominated by a pedimented portico, supported by six colossal columns. Above this rises a low dome. The addition of two one story wings has resulted in a new circulation plan which eliminates the monumental stair as the main entrance.

This building represents the first public library in the City of Oshkosh. The private library association which was its immediate predecessor dates back to 1868. Additional information can be found on pages 107-8 of the Intensive Survey Report.

Bronze lions in front of original entrance - separate record.

A major addition was completed on the building in 1995, funded by local donations. A centennial celebration is planned for the spring of 1999. (D). Several additions have been erected to sides and rear of original library, compromising integrity of building.
Bibliographic References:(A) OSHKOSH NORTHWESTERN 10/9/1994. (B) KARSTEADT, OSHKOSH 100 YEARS A CITY, P. 24. (C) Guide to William Waters' Work in Oshkosh. (D) December 1998 phone conversation with Joan Miller, Assistant Director in charge of remodelling. A Compilation of Articles Pertaining to the Works of Architect William Waters, 2000.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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