Ritzville Carnegie Library

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Ritzville Carnegie Library
Ritzville, WA - Carnegie Library.JPG
Ritzville Carnegie Library in 2007
Ritzville Carnegie Library is located in Washington (state)
Ritzville Carnegie Library
Location 302 West Main Avenue, Ritzville, Washington
Coordinates 47°07′35″N 118°22′55″W / 47.12629°N 118.38207°W / 47.12629; -118.38207Coordinates: 47°07′35″N 118°22′55″W / 47.12629°N 118.38207°W / 47.12629; -118.38207
Area less than one acre
Built 1907
Architect Preusse & Zittel
Part of Ritzville Historic District (#90000676)
MPS Carnegie Libraries of Washington TR
NRHP Reference # 82004192[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 3, 1982
Designated CP May 2, 1990

The Ritzville Carnegie Library, located in Ritzville, Washington, is a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[2] It was built in 1907 with a grant from Andrew Carnegie and still operates as Ritzville's library. It was designed by the Spokane architectural firm of Preusse & Zittel.

Daniel Buchanan created a library in 1902 when he donated 268 books to the town, and a small library was created above a store. In 1903, the town allocated $1000 toward the maintenance of the library. By 1906, the citizens of Ritzville had convinced Carnegie to help, and he pledged $10,000 toward a permanent library if the town secured and maintained a location for it. At that time, Ritzville was the smallest town in the United States to receive financial assistance from Carnegie for a library. Its basement was used for town council meetings.[3]

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  1. ^ National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Nomination Form for Ritzville Carnegie Library" (PDF). National Park Service.  and accompanying pictures
  3. ^ "Ritzville Proud of Its Library". Spokesman Review. Spokane, Washington. March 4, 1924. p. 6. Retrieved December 16, 2014.