| United States|
23 May 1983
Dwight H. Perkins
| 600 E. First St.
600 E 1st St, Anamosa, IA 52205, USA
Open today · 10AM–7PMWednesday10AM–7PMThursday10AM–7PMFriday10AM–5PMSaturday10AM–3PMSundayClosedMonday10AM–7PMTuesday10AM–7PM
Romanesque Revival architecture
St Joseph's Roman C, Ely's Stone Bridge, Wapsipinicon State Park, Anamosa State Penitentiary, American Legation - Tangier
Anamosa Public Library is located in Anamosa, Iowa, United States. Its original building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.
Anamosa Public Library Wikipedia
The public library had its beginnings in 1900 when former resident Walter S. Benton bequeathed $10,000 to buy library books if the city built a library building by 1903. The city and the estate failed to reach an agreement, so the Francis Shaw Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution took over leadership of the effort and raised the necessary funds. Chicago architect Dwight H. Perkins designed the single-story Romanesque Revival-style building that was built of native limestone. The side-gabled structure featured a reading room on one side of the building and the book stacks on the other. A delivery desk was located in the center.
By the 1990s the historic building was becoming too small and technologically insufficient. Ernest J. Buresh, formerly of Anamosa, donated the property for a new library, and the Buresh family also offered $500,000 towards a new library contingent on the community raising a million dollars by December 2002. OPN Architects of Cedar Rapids designed the new 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) building. The necessary funds were raised without a bond referendum. The present modern library building, also composed of native limestone, was opened on November 8, 2004. The historic building now houses the Anamosa Police Department.