Thomas Scott Buckham Memorial Library

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Thomas Scott Buckham Memorial Library
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LocationCentral Ave. and Division St.
Faribault, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°17′23.95″N93°16′4.02″W / 44.2899861°N 93.2677833°W / 44.2899861; -93.2677833 Coordinates: 44°17′23.95″N93°16′4.02″W / 44.2899861°N 93.2677833°W / 44.2899861; -93.2677833
Built1930
ArchitectCharles Buckham
Architectural style Art Deco
MPS Rice County MRA
NRHP reference No. 82003008 [1]
Added to NRHPApril 6, 1982
Thomas Scott Buckham Memorial Library
Collection
Size106,878
Access and use
Circulation245,961
Population served18,615
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Budget$844,986
DirectorDelane James
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Thomas Scott Buckham Memorial Library

The Thomas Scott Buckham Memorial Library is a historic library in Faribault, Minnesota, United States.

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History

The public library as a tax-supported institution in Faribault dates from 1897, when it was housed in the City Hall building. Mrs. Anna Buckham gave the Thomas Scott Buckham Memorial Library building to the City of Faribault in memory of her husband. The cornerstone was laid in September 1929, and dedication of the building took place on July 20, 1930.

Architecture

The library's architecture is centralized around Greek themes. This was because Mr. Buckham was an avid reader and scholar of Greek literature. A Greek window made by Charles Jay Connick of Boston and on the facade of the original building. Additionally, a Greek mural depicting scenes from Athens, Sparta, Delphi, and Olympia can be found on the second floor. The mural was painted by Alfred J. Hyslop. [2]

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References

  1. "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places . National Park Service. March 15, 2006.
  2. City of Faribault. "Facts about Buckham Memorial Library." <http://www.ci.faribault.mn.us/assets/f/factsaboutthelibrary.pdf>