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Saint Paul in Ramsey County, Minnesota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Saint Paul Public Library

 
 
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By Keith L, April 29, 2011
1. The Saint Paul Public Library Marker
Inscription.  On September 7, 1882, the Saint Paul Common Council passed a resolution "to establish and maintain a free public library and reading room." As a result, Saint Paul's first public library opened on the second floor of Ingersoll Hall, Kellogg Boulevard near the Wabasha Bridge. Helen McCaine was the City's first librarian. Construction of Central Library at 90 West Fourth Street began in 1914. The building officially opened to the public in 1917. Electus Litchfield of New York was the architect with Charles Soule of Massachusetts serving as an advisory library building expert. This Italian Renaissance style building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. The exterior of the library is selected pink Tennessee marble while much of the interior is finished in vesta gray Mankato stone.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical month for this entry is September 1921.
 
Location. 44° 56.637′ N, 93° 5.853′ W. Marker is in Saint Paul, Minnesota, in Ramsey County. Marker is at the intersection of West 4th Street and North Washington Street on West 4th Street
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By Keith L, April 29, 2011
2. The Saint Paul Public Library and Marker
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. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 90 West 4th Street, Saint Paul MN 55102, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The James J. Hill Reference Library (within shouting distance of this marker); Rice Park (within shouting distance of this marker); Market Street Methodist Episcopal Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hamm's Bear (approx. 0.2 miles away); Irvine Park / Irvine Park Historic District (approx. 0.3 miles away); Alexander Ramsey House (approx. 0.4 miles away); History of Saint Paul (approx. 0.4 miles away); Central Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Saint Paul.
 
Also see . . .  Central Library History. Saint Paul Public Library. (Submitted on May 9, 2011.) 
 
The Saint Paul Public Library image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 29, 2011
3. The Saint Paul Public Library
National Register of Historic Places #75001017
The Saint Paul Public Library image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, April 29, 2011
4. The Saint Paul Public Library
Viewed from Rice Park
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on May 9, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 672 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on May 9, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.

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