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Pawtucket in Providence County, Rhode Island — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Pawtucket Public Library

Deborah Cook Sayles Building

— 1899 - 1902 —

 
 
Pawtucket Public Library Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), June 19, 2020
1. Pawtucket Public Library Marker
Inscription.  
This building is a contributing structure of the
Downtown Pawtucket
Historic District

in the
National Register of Historic Places
United States Department of the Interior

The Deborah Cook Sayles Public Library is an impressive example of Classical Revival architecture, designed by the Boston firm of Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson. Built of the finest grain white granite, the library features its soaring pillars, decorative ceilings, and glass-floored north balcony. The facility was one of the first in the country to provide access to the stacks, and to open on Sundays, affording mill workers the opportunity to use the library on their one day off. Minerva Sanders, the first librarian, is credited with making the library one of the first in the nation to serve children under the age of fourteen. The old Post Office (1896-97) was connected to Sayles Library in 1981 to form this combined structure now known as the Pawtucket Public Library.
 
Erected by City of Pawtucket.
 
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Location. 41° 52.716′ N, 71° 23.074′ W. Marker is in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, in Providence County. Marker is on Summer Street (Rhode Island Route 15) just east of Maple Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Pawtucket RI 02860, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Pawtucket Public Library / Old Pawtucket Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Slater Mill (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Slater Mill (about 600 feet away); A Mechanic's Life (about 600 feet away); First Successful Cotton Mill in America (about 600 feet away); a different marker also named The Old Slater Mill (about 600 feet away); Water Works (about 600 feet away); Wilkinson Mill (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Pawtucket.
 
Regarding Pawtucket Public Library. The library is a contributing structure to the Downtown Pawtucket Historic District. The library itself was previously listed individually
Deborah Sayles Cook Public Library aka Pawtucket Public Library image. Click for more information.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), June 19, 2020
2. Deborah Sayles Cook Public Library aka Pawtucket Public Library
National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form
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in 1975.
 
National Register of Historic Places plaque on the library image. Click for more information.
Photographed By Devry Becker Jones (CC0), June 19, 2020
3. National Register of Historic Places plaque on the library
Downtown Pawtucket Historic District Nomination Form
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Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2024. It was originally submitted on June 21, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 174 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on June 21, 2020, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.

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