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Towanda in Bradford County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Towanda Public Library

104 Main St.

 
 
Towanda Public Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 23, 2017
1. Towanda Public Library Marker
Inscription.

Perhaps one of Towanda's most unusual buildings is the Public Library, donated to the town in 1897 by Frank Welles. He chose Flemish Renaissance Revival style characterized by tall steeped gables; steep roofs with lacy spires; fanciful faux dormer windows; and round towers with conical roofs. A tiny oval window in the main gable is framed by terra-cotta cherubim. Welles chose architect Henry Chapman of New York City, who adapted this style to the library using red brick with terra-cotta decoration. Frank Welles' grandfather, Charles F. Welles, built Towanda's second oldest house, found next door at 28 Main St. Carl and Katherine Patterson donated a Children's Room addition to the library in 1951 in memory of their son John, killed in WW II.
 
Location. 41° 46.149′ N, 76° 26.597′ W. Marker is in Towanda, Pennsylvania, in Bradford County. Marker is at the intersection of Main Street (U.S. 6) and Maple Street, on the left when traveling north on Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 104 Main Street, Towanda PA 18848, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Towanda First Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Daily Review (within shouting distance

Towanda Public Library and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 23, 2017
2. Towanda Public Library and Marker
of this marker); Stephen Foster (within shouting distance of this marker); The Macfarlane House (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Edward Overton House (about 400 feet away); World War I Memorial (about 700 feet away); Bradford County Soldiers & Sailors Monument (about 700 feet away); Bradford County Courthouse (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Towanda.
 
Also see . . .
1. Towanda Public Library History. (Submitted on November 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Towanda Borough Historic District. (Submitted on November 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Towanda Public Library image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 23, 2017
3. Towanda Public Library
Towanda Public Library Cornerstone image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., October 23, 2017
4. Towanda Public Library Cornerstone
<i>Public Library, Towanda, Pa.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1922
5. Public Library, Towanda, Pa.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2017. This page originally submitted on November 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 8, 2017, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   5. submitted on November 9, 2017.
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