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Property Name Wright Library
Reference Number 13000981
State Ohio
County Montgomery
Town Dayton
Street Address 1776 Far Hills Avenue
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 12/24/2013
Areas of Significance Architecture
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Wright Memorial Public Library is being nominated under Criterion C for its architectural distinction as an excellent example of a Tudor or Jacobethan Revival style library designed by the local Dayton, Ohio, architecture firm of Schenck and Williams. Schenck and Williams were responsible for the designs of much of the civic architecture in Oakwood, which, in addition to the library, includes three public schools, the city administration building, and a large-scale apartment building, all in the Tudor or Jacobethan Revival style. They also designed a number of private houses in Oakwood, also in the Tudor style, as well as a number of office and other buildings for businesses and institutions in Dayton. Built in 1939, Wright Memorial Public Library is important as an extant example of the firm's work, and their ability to apply architectural conventions of a style to a variety of building types. A complete inventory of Schenck and Williams buildings does not exist; therefore, it is not known if this is their only library design. What is known is that Wright Memorial Public Library is a well-preserved example of a Tudor-styled library with its half-timbering, casement windows, Flemish bond brick work, a steeply-pitched slate-covered roof, multi-paned windows, large window bays, and stone decoration at doors, windows and gable ends, all prominent elements characteristic of the Tudor Revival style. In 1939, at the time of construction, the Tudor style was still a popular architecture choice. But the choice of Tudor architecture and the firm of Schenck and Williams are also representative ofthe city ofOakwood's tradition of rewarding civic building designs to this well-respected firm and using their signature style.


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