Kanab in Kane County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Utah Historic Site
The Kanab Library was built between 1939 and 1940 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. The library is one of 226 buildings constructed in Utah under the WPA and is important in documenting the impact of New Deal programs in the state. Utah was one of the most severely affected states during the Depression, having a 25 percent average unemployment rate during the era. For this reason, the state was ninth among the 48 states for per-capita federal spending.
Although the Kanab Library was founded in 1915, it was not at first housed in a permanent structure but was rather moved around to various temporary accommodations. In 1938, an $8,000 bond election was approved to build a permanent library, and plans drawn by the architect Carson F. Wells were acquired from the city of Salina, which had just constructed a library, The Kanab Library is basically identical to the Salina building and combines features of both the Prairie School and Art Deco styles. Wells's design combines a symmetrical facade with abstract geometrical embellishments which tones down the rigidly formal appearance of the building.
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Charity & Public Work • Education. In addition, it is included in the Art Deco, and the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1939.
Location. 37° 2.878′ N, 112° 31.554′ W. Marker is in Kanab, Utah, in Kane County. Marker is on 100 East, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 13 South 100 East, Kanab UT 84741, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Gregg Palmer (within shouting distance of this marker); Joel McCrea (within shouting distance of this marker); Don Shanks (within shouting distance of this marker); John Smith (within shouting distance of this marker); William A. Wellman (within shouting distance of this marker); Gronway "Gron" Parry (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Whitney "Whit" Parry (about 300 feet away); Chauncey "Chance" Parry (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kanab.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 26, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 29, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 287 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on May 29, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.