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Amarillo in Potter County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Potter County Library

 
 
Potter County Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
1. Potter County Library Marker
Inscription. The Potter County free library was organized in 1902 by twelve local women. Many citizens donated books, and held bazaars, candy sales, and other activities to raise money to purchase more books. Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Willis donated a lot and house for the first library building. As these accommodations were outgrown, the library moved to the old post office, the fire station, and to city hall.

The Potter County commissioners court granted approval for a county-supported library in July 1921. This building was designed by Amarillo Architects J. Roy Smith and W.C. Townes, and was built in 1922 by the W.M. Rice construction company at a cost of $25,000. The basement of the library was used as a public lounge to meet the needs of women shoppers and their children, and tourists. The facility included a living room, lunch room, assembly hall and resting room, and was staffed by a matron.

A significant local example of an institutional building of the 1920s, this structure exhibits the clean lines, horizontal emphasis, and geometric detailing typical of the Prairie School style of architecture.

Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 1996

 
Erected 1996 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 4097.)
 
Location.
Potter County Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
2. Potter County Library Marker
35° 12.467′ N, 101° 50.127′ W. Marker is in Amarillo, Texas, in Potter County. Marker is on South Taylor Street south of SW 5th Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 519 South Taylor Street, Amarillo TX 79101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Potter County (within shouting distance of this marker); Potter County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Fisk Medical Arts & Professional Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rick Husband (approx. mile away); Henry B. Sanborn (approx. mile away); American Mammoths (approx. mile away); The Amarillo Story (approx. mile away); Santa Fe Building (approx. mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Amarillo.
 
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Potter County Library image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, November 18, 2015
3. Potter County Library
 
 
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