Taylors Falls Public Library, 473 Bench Street, Taylors Falls, Minnesota

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Taylors Falls Public Library

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Address: 473 Bench Street
Taylors Falls, Minnesota
Chisago County, Minnesota
State/province: Minnesota
Country: United States
Year built: 1854
Primary Style: Eastlake/Stick Style
Historic Function: House/single dwelling or duplex
Current Function: Library
Architect or source of design: John Jacob Spengler
Builder: John Jacob Spengler, Thomas Peck
Material of Exterior Wall Covering: Weatherboard
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Taylors Falls Public Library, 473 Bench Street, Taylors Falls, Minnesota
National Register of Historic Places Information
Reference Number: 70000290
Reference URL: [Reference]
Certification date: December 31, 1969
Primary Style: Eastlake

For early Minnesota residents, public libraries often provided a getaway – a place to turn armchair traveler or lose oneself in a good book. Built originally as a residence and tailor shop for John Jacob Spengler, the house was sold in 1887 to the Taylors Falls Library Association for use as the town library.

The single-story, wood-frame building was built in 1854 in the Eastlake style. The front room with its barrel-vault ceiling served as Spengler’s tailor shop, which made uniforms for Taylors Falls soldiers during the Civil War. Spengler and his family lived in the back room, decorated with oak-grained pine woodwork and a pressed tin ceiling.

Few changes were made to the building when it was converted to a library in 1887. There the Taylors Falls Library Association housed its collection, catalogued in order of acquisition beginning with a Bible. The library, filled with travel diaries, children’s stories, tales of adventure, mysteries and novels, proved popular with townspeople and summer visitors alike. [1]

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  1. Minnesota's National Register Properties, Taylors Falls Public Library, Minnesota Historical Society<http://nrhp.mnhs.org/property_overview.cfm?propertyID=65>. Retrieved May 7, 2008.