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Archive for Saturday, October 6, 2012

40 years ago: Now that books have found new home, fate of old library discussed

October 6, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 6, 1972:

The fate of the old public library was discussed this week by the Lawrence City Commission. The building at Ninth and Vermont recently had been vacated as the city library's collections and staff moved to their newly constructed home two blocks away. The old Carnegie Library sat on four lots 50 feet wide fronting on Vermont and 117 feet deep, and the building was reported to be in "very sound physical condition," according to Mayor John Emick. There were just over 7,000 square feet of usable office space in the structure, the south part of which had been built in 1904 and the north part in 1937. Several commissioners, including Emick and Nancy Hambleton, appeared to favor selling the property, which had been appraised at "considerably over $100,000," according to Emick. One local contractor had estimated renovation of the interior for office space would cost a little over that amount. The library could be refurbished into "a very handsome building," opined Commissioner Chuck Fisher, but Hambleton commented, "I can't get excited about its architecture. It's a typical Carnegie library, and it's not bad."

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