A. K. Smiley Public Library

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A. K. Smiley Public Library
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A. K. Smiley Public Library is located in California
A. K. Smiley Public Library
A. K. Smiley Public Library is located in the US
A. K. Smiley Public Library
Location 125 W. Vine St., Redlands, California
Coordinates 34°03′16″N 117°11′02″W / 34.05435°N 117.18391°W / 34.05435; -117.18391Coordinates: 34°03′16″N 117°11′02″W / 34.05435°N 117.18391°W / 34.05435; -117.18391
Area 2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built 1898 (1898)
Architect Griffith, T.R.
Architectural style Mission Revival, Moorish Revival
NRHP Reference # 76000513[1]
CHISL # 994[2]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 12, 1976
Designated CHISL August 17, 1990

The A. K. Smiley Public Library is a public library located at 125 W. Vine St. in Redlands, California. Built in 1898, the library was donated to Redlands by philanthropist Albert K. Smiley. Architect T. R. Griffith designed the library in a style which has alternately been described as Mission Revival and Moorish Revival and includes a variety of elements from additional styles. The building has a tile roof and parapets topping arcades on its sides, which suggest a Mission Revival influence; however, the battlement and the curves in the parapet are Moorish Revival elements. In addition, elements of the arches in the arcade, the windows, and the roof ridge were borrowed from classical, Gothic, Spanish Romanesque, and Oriental themens. The library still serves as the Redlands public library. In addition, it houses a collection of materials on native tribes in California donated by Andrew Carnegie, as well as a collection of rare materials about Southern California and local history.[3]

The library was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 12, 1976.[1] It was designated a California Historical Landmark on August 17, 1990.[2]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "A.K. Smiley Public Library". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  3. ^ Irshay, Phyllis (July 12, 1976). "National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form: A.K. Smiley Public Library" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 

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