Cook Memorial Library (Libertyville, Illinois)

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Ansel B. Cook Home
Ansel B. Cook House.jpg
Cook Memorial Library (Libertyville, Illinois) is located in Illinois
Cook Memorial Library (Libertyville, Illinois)
Location 413 N. Milwakee Ave., Libertyville, Illinois
Coordinates 42°17′14″N 87°57′19″W / 42.28722°N 87.95528°W / 42.28722; -87.95528Coordinates: 42°17′14″N 87°57′19″W / 42.28722°N 87.95528°W / 42.28722; -87.95528
Area less than one acre
Built 1921
Architect Cook, Ansel B.
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 01000867[1]
Added to NRHP August 16, 2001

The Cook Memorial Library, also known as the Ansel B. Cook House, is a historic house museum in Libertyville, Illinois, United States. It was built as a Victorian house for contractor and politician Ansel B. Cook in 1878. In his will Cook donated the home to be used as a public library, although it remained for many years the residence of Cook's longer-lived widow. After Emily Barrows Cook's death, the building received a major Neoclassical renovation that converted it into a library, opening to the public in 1921.[2]

By the 1960s the library had outgrown the space available, and voters approved a referendum to construct a new library. The new facility of what is now the Cook Memorial Public Library District opened directly behind the Cook House in 1968.[3]

The building was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 2001.[1] Today the Libertyville–Mundelein Historical Society operates the house as a Victorian house museum.[2]


  1. ^ a b Staff (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b "The Ansel B. Cook House". Libertyville–Mundelein Historical Society. Retrieved 2012-12-31. 
  3. ^ Pantle, Gabriella (February 2012). "Cook Memorial Library History" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-12-31. 

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