Adrian Public Library

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Adrian Public Library
The library as it appeared in 1909
Adrian Public Library is located in Michigan
Adrian Public Library
Adrian Public Library is located in the US
Adrian Public Library
Location within the state of Michigan
Location 143 East Maumee Street
Adrian, Michigan
Coordinates 41°53′49″N 84°02′13″W / 41.89694°N 84.03694°W / 41.89694; -84.03694Coordinates: 41°53′49″N 84°02′13″W / 41.89694°N 84.03694°W / 41.89694; -84.03694
Built 1909
Architect Paul O. Moratz
Architectural style Richardsonian Romanesque, Mission Revival, Spanish Colonial Revival
Part of Downtown Adrian Commercial District
NRHP Reference # 77000719[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 6, 1977
Designated MSHS December 14, 1976[2]

The Adrian Public Library is a historic structure located at 110 East Church Street in downtown Adrian, Michigan. Originally used as a library, it was designated as a Michigan Historic Site on December 14, 1976 and later listed on the National Register of Historic Places on December 6, 1977.[1][2] It is located within the Downtown Adrian Commercial Historic District and adjacent to the Adrian Engine House No. 1.

The building is 2½ stories and built with a mix of Mission Revival Style, Spanish Colonial Revival, and Richardsonian Romanesque architecture.[2] Illinois architect Paul O. Moratz designed the library, and it was completed by local contractor C. F. Matthes. Throughout its years as a public library, it also served as an art gallery and lecture auditorium.[2]

Although the library branch dates back to 1868, its first independent library structure was completed in 1909 with a $27,500 grant from the Andrew Carnegie Library Fund in addition to $5,000 donated by the city. It was formally dedicated and opened on February 5, 1909 and was used as a school district library until it transferred ownership to the city in 1915. When the building itself became insufficient, a new location at 143 East Maumee Street opened on June 12, 1978 and remains in operation. The old location passed through several owners before being given back to the city.[3]

Lenawee County Historical Society Museum[edit]

Today, the building houses the Lenawee County Historical Society Museum.[4]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d State of Michigan (2001–2003). "Adrian Public Library". Retrieved March 28, 2010. 
  3. ^ Adrian Public Library (2011). "Adrian Public Library – History". Retrieved May 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ Keller, Charles P. (2010). "Lenawee Historical Society Museum". Retrieved March 28, 2010. 

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