Gilbert M. Simmons Memorial Library

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Gilbert M. Simmons Memorial Library
Kenosha WI Gilbert M Simmons Library.jpg
Gilbert M. Simmons Memorial Library
Gilbert M. Simmons Memorial Library is located in Wisconsin
Gilbert M. Simmons Memorial Library
Gilbert M. Simmons Memorial Library is located in USA
Gilbert M. Simmons Memorial Library
Location 711 59th Pl.
Kenosha, Wisconsin
Coordinates 42°34′50″N 87°49′10″W / 42.58056°N 87.81944°W / 42.58056; -87.81944Coordinates: 42°34′50″N 87°49′10″W / 42.58056°N 87.81944°W / 42.58056; -87.81944
Built 1900
Architect Daniel Burnham
Architectural style Classical Revival
Part of Library Park Historic District (#88002657)
NRHP Reference # 74000093[1]
Added to NRHP December 17, 1974

The Gilbert M. Simmons Memorial Library is located in Kenosha, Wisconsin. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1974.[2]

History[edit]

The Gilbert M. Simmons Memorial Library was the first public building in the City Park district in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Upon its completion, City Park became known as Library Park. Daniel Burnham designed the Neoclassical library while Ossian Cole Simonds developed the landscaping plan. Former Kenosha mayor Zalmon G. Simmons donated $150,000 for the building's construction on the condition that it be named in honor for his deceased son. The city agreed, and the library opened to the public on May 30, 1900.[3] As the city's first public library building, Gilbert M. Simmons Memorial Library greatly increased the volumes of literature available to the citizens of Kenosha. By the mid-1910s, the library had 124,368 volumes and sought to expand with a branch library.[4]

The building was recognized by the National Park Service with a listing on the National Register of Historic Places on December 17, 1974. When the Library Park Historic District was created in 1988, the library was listed as a contributing property.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Gilbert M. Simmons Memorial Library". Landmark Hunter.com. Retrieved 2012-02-25. 
  3. ^ http://www.visitkenosha.com/sites/default/files/pdf/KenoshaLibraryPark.pdf
  4. ^ Public Libraries: A Monthly Review of Library Matters and Methods. 19. Chicago, IL: Library Bureau. 1914.