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Property Name Aldrich Public Library
Reference Number 15000961
State Vermont
County Washington
Town Barre
Street Address 6 Washington Street
Multiple Property Submission Name N/A
Status Listed 1/5/2016
Areas of Significance EDUCATION, ARCHITECTURE
Link to full file https://www.nps.gov/nr/feature/places/pdfs/15000961.pdf
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The Aldrich Public Library is locally significant as an excellent example of a Classical Revivalstyle public building located in the civic and commercial center of the City of Barre, Vermont. Occupying a prominent site in the center of downtown and located opposite the Barre City Park, the building is approached via radiating pathways in a landscaped front lawn. Architect Penn Varney, of Lynn, Massachusetts, designed the building, and contractor W.E. Jackson, of Montpelier, Vermont, oversaw its construction. It is built of buff-colored roman brick and trimmed with locally quarried and finished granite, reflecting civic pride in the quality material and craftsmanship of the city's most important industry. Funding for the construction of the building was donated by local businessman Leonard Frost Aldrich upon his death in 1898, and his bequest coincides with a national Public Library Movement at the turn of the twentieth century and, more specifically, the trend of public libraries financed by philanthropic means, led by Andrew Carnegie. Its design reflects contemporary ideas about functional library layouts, and includes a fireproof stacks room that retains its original iron structural support system with thick glass floors. The property is eligible under Criteria A and C for education and architecture, with the period of significance representing the start of its construction in 1907.

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