Aurora in Kane County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Aurora Public Library
Downtown Heritage Tour
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In 1881, the city council passed the ordinance that created the Aurora Public Library, with the G.A.R. Memorial Hall becoming its new home. The Library was housed in the G.A.R. building for over twenty years, but work began on a new Library shortly after the turn of the century. The site for the new Library on Benton Street was donated by the Stolp family. The new building was built with the assistance of a $50,000 grant from Andrew Carnegie.
This new Library was designed by architects W. A. Otis of Chicago and Eugene Malmer of Aurora in the classical revival tradition that was popular for public buildings at the time. This is shown in the building's temple-like appearance, which included Ionic columns. Between 1966 and 1969, the building's appearance was completely altered when it was remodeled.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Charity & Public Work • Fraternal or Sororal Organizations. In addition, it is included in the Carnegie Libraries series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1904.
Location. 41° 45.378′ N, 88° 19.038′ W. Marker is in Aurora, Illinois, in Kane County. Marker is at the intersection of West Benton Street and South Stolp Avenue, on the right when traveling east on West Benton Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1 East Benton Street, Aurora IL 60505, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. BPO Elk's Club Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Former U.S. Post Office (within shouting distance of this marker); Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Dedicated in Memory of Our Fathers (about 500 feet away); Aurora Silverplate Manufacturing Co. (about 500 feet away); Old Second National BankLeland Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away); Aurora Hotel • Leland Hotel (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Aurora.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Aurora, Illinois — Downtown Heritage Tour
Also see . . . Aurora Public Library. On May 23, 2015, the Main Library at 1 East Benton Street was closed. On June 14, 2015, the Richard and Gina Santori Public Library of Aurora (101 South River Street) was opened to the public with a grand opening celebration that drew more than 2,000 people. (Submitted on April 6, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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