Butte County Public Library, Biggs, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Johnny_Quest
N 39° 24.804 W 121° 42.625
10S E 611016 N 4363446
Quick Description: The Biggs branch of the Butte County Public Library, built from a Carnegie grant is still in use today.
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 7/7/2008 10:33:48 PM
Waymark Code: WM451W
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 26

Long Description:
The location of the Biggs Carnegie Library on the main street a block from downtown enables it to conveniently provide another civic function: Teen center. Surrounded by shade trees and on a slight slope, the small square building of buff covered brick with brown trim conveys an almost residential appearance. The library is on the first floor, reached by a flight of steps.

When the Carnegie grant of $5000 was offered in 1906, Biggs may have been the smallest city to undertake the responsibility of a library grant. There was no previous library in Biggs which had incorporated just three years prior to the request and estimated its population as 700. Architect A.J. Bryan of Chico designed the building and builders were Huxtable and Losser. Construction was delayed by the high cost of labor following the "San Francisco fire and railroad congestion" after the 1906 earthquake. As completed a recessed front porch extended across the front of the building but it has been glassed in except for a small entrance porch. ¹

¹http://www.carnegie-libraries.org/
Address of Library Building:
464-A B Street
Biggs, CA USA
95917


Current Use of Building: Public Library

Year Built (optional): 1908

Website about building: [Web Link]

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