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Coconut Grove in Miami-Dade County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Coconut Grove Library

 
 
Coconut Grove Library Marker Side 1 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 24, 2018
1. Coconut Grove Library Marker Side 1
Inscription.  (Side 1)
This library stands as testament to the tenacity of Coconut Grove’s pioneering citizens. Established by the Pine Needles Club, an organization for young girls formed by local teacher Mary Barr Munroe, the first library operated out of a room above Charles Peacock and Son’s grocery store in the 1890s. Munroe held classes in the room until the library was built in 1901. The first books in the library’s collection were donated in 1895 by Louise Carnegie, wife of steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, who had visited the area earlier on a yachting trip. The books were originally housed in other locations and primarily used by local bibliophiles. Ralph Middleton Munroe, owner of the Barnacle and Commodore of the Biscayne Bay Yacht Club, donated the land for construction of the library building. In doing so, Commodore Munroe stipulated that the grave of his late wife, Eva, would be maintained on-site. Writer and conservationist Kirk Munroe, husband of Mary Munroe, donated the building. The building was reminiscent of a single story English Cotswold Cottage with a clipped-gable roof and was constructed from Miami oolite, a native limestone.
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Coconut Grove Library Marker Side 2 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 24, 2018
2. Coconut Grove Library Marker Side 2
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The Coconut Grove Library Association operated the small building until 1957, when the City of Miami offered to build a new air-conditioned facility. The association’s trustees reluctantly accepted. In 1963, the city commissioned local architectural firm T. Triplett Russell and Associates to design the modern library. In his designs Russell paid homage to the original library design by incorporating oolithic limestone into the wall construction and a clipped-gable roof for the new building’s westernmost wing. The two-story building is defined by a steep, hipped A-frame roof structure. Horizontal metal slats on the exterior shade a wide and un-air conditioned wood veranda space with built-in seating. Like the original building, the new library was built from local materials such as Dade County Rocklands slash pine. Below is a photo of the 1901 library.
 
Erected 2016 by Coconut Grove Civic Club and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-887.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureArts, Letters, Music. A significant historical year for this entry is 1901.
 
Location. 25° 43.603′ N, 80° 14.432′ W. Marker is in Coconut Grove, Florida, in Miami-Dade County
Coconut Grove Library Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 24, 2018
3. Coconut Grove Library Marker
. Marker is on McFarlane Road north of South Bayshore Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2875 McFarlane Road, Miami FL 33133, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Coconut Grove Library (here, next to this marker); Housekeepers-Womans Club of Coconut Grove (within shouting distance of this marker); Housekeepers Club (within shouting distance of this marker); The Barnacle (approx. 0.2 miles away); Coconut Grove Playhouse (approx. ¼ mile away); E.W.F. Stirrup House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Charles Avenue (approx. 0.3 miles away); NAS Miami Pan Am Seaplane Base (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Coconut Grove.
 
Coconut Grove Library image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Tim Fillmon, January 24, 2018
4. Coconut Grove Library
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 108 times since then and 48 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 31, 2020, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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Jul. 1, 2022