Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
Houston Public Library
For the next several years, the women members proved to be persistent advocates for creating a public facility. By 1895, the Lyceum provided limited access to non-member adults of Houston. The following year, the library became available to local high school students. In 1899, Houston's city council appropriated money to maintain a free library. Mrs. W.E. Kendall and Mamie Gearing of the Houston Woman's Club wrote a letter to philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, who offered $50,000 for a building. Local organizations, including what had become the Houston Lyceum and Carnegie Library Association, as well as private citizens and businesses, raised money to purchase a site at the corner of McKinney Avenue and Travis Street. The city hired Martin and Moodie Company to design and build the new library, which opened
Under the direction of Julia Ideson, city librarian from 1903 to 1945, the library expanded its services to include several branches and a bookmobile. Ideson oversaw construction in 1926 of a larger central facility, later named in her honor. Her successors continued her work, providing one of the nation's largest cities with books and programs in a variety of locations and languages.
Erected 2004 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 13093.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Carnegie Libraries marker series.
Location. 29° 45.552′ N, 95° 22.135′ W. Marker is in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. Marker is on McKinney Street 0.1 miles east of Bagby Street, on the right when traveling east. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 500 McKinney Street, Houston TX 77002, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Julia Ideson Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Houston City, Republic of Texas (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Sam Houston Park (about 600 feet away); Site of the National Women's Conference Thomas William House (about 800 feet away); Alexander Hodge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Ancient Order of Pilgrims (approx. 0.2 miles away); Sons of the Republic of Texas (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Categories. • Charity & Public Work • Education •
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