Cadillac Public Library

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Cadillac Public Library
Cadillac MI Public Library.jpg
Cadillac Public Library is located in Michigan
Cadillac Public Library
Location 127 Beech St., Cadillac, Michigan
Coordinates 44°15′7″N 85°23′55″W / 44.25194°N 85.39861°W / 44.25194; -85.39861Coordinates: 44°15′7″N 85°23′55″W / 44.25194°N 85.39861°W / 44.25194; -85.39861
Area less than one acre
Built 1906 (1906)
Built by Freuchtel Construction Company
Architect Scheurmann & Merriam Architects
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 07001020[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP September 28, 2007
Designated MSHS November 2, 1980[2]

The Cadillac Public Library, now the Wexford County Historical Society Museum, was constructed as a Carnegie Library located at 127 Beech Street in Cadillac, Michigan. It was designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1980[2] and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.[1]


In 1903, the Andrew Carnegie Foundation agreed to donate $15,000 toward the cost of a new library in Cadillac, subject to the community raising matching funds.[3] The Cadillac Literary Society matched the funds,[2] and in 1904 Scheurmann & Merriam Architects of Saginaw, Michigan were selected to design the building, and Freuchtel Construction Company was selected to be the building contractor.[3] The library was completed in 1906 at a cost of $30,000.[2] The building served as a public library until 1969.

After that time, it was used by the Cadillac Police Department until 1977, after which it was considered for demolition.[3] The city accepted the Wexford County Historical Society's proposal to use the building as a museum, and it became the Wexford County Historical Society Museum.[2]


The Cadillac Public Library is a single story polygonal Classical Revival brick building sitting on a raised stone foundation.[2] It has a shallow-pitched hip roof with a low-pitched dome. The entryway in through a simple door flanked by Ionic columns and surmounted with a semi-circular window.[2]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Cadillac Public Library". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved October 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c About Us, Wexford County Historical Society Museum, retrieved October 25, 2013 

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