Location Information
(for the Houston Carnegie Library)
Name:Houston Carnegie Library
Address:105 Madison Street, West
City/County:Houston, Chickasaw County
Architectural Information
Construction Date:1909
Architectural Styles(s):Prairie
No. of Stories:1
Registration Information
NR Listing Date:22 Dec 1978
NR District Name:Houston
NR Status:Contributing
Element No.:45
View National Register Nomination Form
Mississippi Landmark Information
Designated:09-26-1985
Recorded:11-12-1985
Book/Vol. No.:V. 596, p. 34
Context/Comments
Mississippi's first Carnegie library and the second public library in the state. The building is notable for its design, which effectively combines elements of the Prairie and Western Stick styles.
Brief Description
The Carnegie Library is a one-story brick building with a hipped raised seam metal roof, cornice with wide eaves and modillions, three interior brick chimneys; faces north, 9x12 bays in a cruciform plan with a rear addition (ca. 1985); projecting central entrance bay with a central entrance flanked to either side by single 1/1 double hung sash windows, entrance has double leaf doors and a bracketed hood, case sign above the door with a decorative brick surround reads "Carnegie Library," windows at three outer bays at each side of the facade have similar double windows with transoms, similar windows at the side elevations; brick veneer exterior walls and foundations.
Historic Information
From its National Register Nomination: "The Houston Carnegie Library is Mississippi's first Carnegie Library and the second public library in the state. Although its architect is unknown, the building is notable for its design, which effectively combines elements of the Prairie and Western Stick Styles." The building was constructed in 1909.