Fairbanks Hall / Fairbanks Hall Dome Restoration
Originally the Emeline Fairbanks Memorial Library
On February 2, 1903, prominent Terre Haute businessman and philanthropist Crawford Fairbanks, made an offer to build and furnish a new library building to be named in honor of his mother Emeline Fairbanks.
On May 5, 1903, the City of Terre Haute purchased the site at Seventh and Eagle Streets, and architects William H. Floyd, and Charles E. Scott were hired to design the new building.
On March 15, 1904, ground was broken for the construction of the library as the Modern Construction Company began work on the project.
The laying of the cornerstone, (which contained a list of officials, photos of the Fairbanks family, the day’s events program, a 1904 City Directory, and several newspapers), took place on August 10, 1904 followed by a downtown parade, music, prayer, and orations at the site.
On April 29, 1906, an informal opening and dedication occurred, and following a legal dispute about ownership, on August 11, 1906 the formal opening to the public took place.
In 1978, the library officially became part of the Indiana State
Fairfanks Hall Dome Restoration
In January, 2003 a project to restore the 28 foot diameter stained glass dome was completed. The dome restoration project included restoration of the eclectic portrait collection of 16 men and women:
Authors (8), Henry Wadsworth Longfellow • Lew Wallace • William Shakespeare • James Whitcomb Riley • Washington Irving • Victor Hugo • Mark Twain, and • Harriett Beecher Stowe
Presidents and Polititions (5), Ulysses S. Grant • Abraham Lincoln • Thomas Jefferson • Daniel Voorhees, Indiana’s second longest serving senator (second only to Senator Richard Lugar), • and Richard W. Thompson. (State Senator and one term congressman)
Artists (1), Rosa Boneheur
Inventor (1), Thomas A. Edison
Composer (1), Ludwig van Beethoven
Erected by Indiana State University.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Arts, Letters, Music • Education. A significant historical date for this entry is January 22, 1984.
Location. 39° 28.157′ N, 87° 24.429′ W. Marker is in Terre Haute
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mordecai Peter Centennial Brown / Baseball Career Highlights (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Chauncey Rose (about 500 feet away); Crossroads of America (approx. 0.2 miles away); Eddie Taylor (approx. 0.2 miles away); Home of Eugene V. Debs (approx. 0.2 miles away); Peter J. McGuire (approx. 0.2 miles away); Patrick J. Quinlan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Joseph A. Beirne (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Terre Haute.
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