Ritzville Carnegie Library

302 W. Main St., Ritzville, Washington. County/parish: Adams.

NRIS 82004192

1 contributing building.

Added to the National Register of Historic Places August 03, 1982.

Part of Carnegie Libraries of Washington TR (NRIS 64000892).

From Wikipedia:

Ritzville Carnegie Library

The Ritzville Carnegie Library, located in Ritzville, Washington, is a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1907 with a grant from Andrew Carnegie and still operates as Ritzville's library. It was designed by the Spokane architectural firm of Preusse & Zittel.

Daniel Buchanan created a library in 1902 when he donated 268 books to the town, and a small library was created above a store. In 1903, the town allocated $1000 toward the maintenance of the library. By 1906, the citizens of Ritzville had convinced Carnegie to help, and he pledged $10,000 toward a permanent library if the town secured and maintained a location for it. At that time, Ritzville was the smallest town in the United States to receive financial assistance from Carnegie for a library. Its basement was used for town council meetings.

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  • Preusse and Zittel

Architectural styles:

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National Park Service documentation: https://npgallery.nps.gov/AssetDetail/NRIS/82004192