Structure Type: built works - social and civic buildings - libraries

Designers: Gove, George, Architect (firm); George Gove (architect)

Dates: [unspecified]

Tacoma, WA

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Building History

Franklin Ferguson Hopper, the Head of the Tacoma Public Library, supervised the construction of this building, the first branch library in the Tacoma system. (Hopper later left Tacoma to become the Head of Circulation at the New York Public Library.) In an article of 1911, Hopper noted that the design and construction of this small library took only seven months and cost about $4,000, including architect's fees. The reading room measured 79 feet long, 33 feet wide, and 15 feet high, and was lit by 18 double hung windows (clustered in groups of three) that lined the room on four sides. The branch's shelving capacity was 8,000 volumes.

PCAD id: 7745