Durham Public Library

Contributors:
Edward L. Tilton, architect
Dates:
1921
Location:
Durham, Durham County
Street Address:
311 E. Main St., Durham, NC
Status:
Standing
Type:
Public
Images Puslished In:
Catherine W. Bishir and Michael T. Southern, A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Piedmont North Carolina (2003).
Note:
The neoclassical library replaced a Queen Anne style library of 1897. Local leaders, especially businessman T. B. Fuller worked long and hard to obtain Carnegie funding for the new "first class library" facility (Durham Morning Herald, Nov. 10, 1916, July 8, 1921). The Durham Morning Herald of March 31, 1921, declared that the new library "is a beauty. It has all the modern improvements and conveniences of a building that is believed will please the public in every particular." It was reported in the same paper on September 27, 1917, that the Carnegie fund would provide $32,000 and the local library board expected to realize at least $8,000 from the sale of the old library and property at Five Points.