Grace Keiser Maring Library

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Grace Keiser Maring Library
Grace Keiser Maring Library.jpg
Front and southern end of the library
Grace Keiser Maring Library is located in Indiana
Grace Keiser Maring Library
Location 1808 S. Madison St., Muncie, Indiana
Coordinates 40°10′44″N 85°22′50″W / 40.17889°N 85.38056°W / 40.17889; -85.38056Coordinates: 40°10′44″N 85°22′50″W / 40.17889°N 85.38056°W / 40.17889; -85.38056
Area Less than 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Architect Houck and Smenner; A.J. Glaser
Architectural style Colonial Revival
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 05001011[1]
Added to NRHP September 15, 2005

The Grace Keiser Maring Library is located on the south side of Muncie, Indiana. Built at 1808 South Madision Street, the library resides next to Heekin Park, the largest and oldest community park in Muncie. The library was the first branch library built in the city.


Grace Maring was the wife of Joel Maring, founder of glass factories throughout Muncie, Indiana. A philanthropist and advocate for education, Grace Maring gave the city of Muncie $25,000 upon her death to develop a public library system. In 1930, the Grace Keiser Maring Library was dedicated, and began serving the south side of Muncie. The library was posted to the National Register of Historic Places on September 15, 2005.[2]


The library was designed by architects Herbert Smenner and Charles Houck. The architectural style is a variation of colonial revival, a popular style in the early 20th century. Built from brick and trimmed with limestone, it is the only remaining civic building of this style in Muncie. [3]


  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Author Unknown. Rededication of the Grace Keiser Maring Branch Library. Muncie: Author Unknown, 1980. Print.
  3. ^ "Maring, Grace Keiser, Library." Historical Places Database. 2008. Web. 27 Mar. 2011.