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Southeast Priority Board, Dayton, Ohio
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member boatchick
N 39° 45.593 W 084° 09.879
16S E 742888 N 4404952
Quick Description: The first two branch libraries in Dayton were Carnegie-funded. While the West branch was destroyed in 1979, the East branch building is currently in use in a non-library application.
Location: Ohio, United States
Date Posted: 1/14/2009 2:13:09 PM
Waymark Code: WM5JN4
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
Views: 14

Long Description:
The Dayton Library system traces its roots to an 1847 library opened with 6000 volumes. The first two branch libraries in the system opened in February 1914. Both were funded by a $65,000 Carnegie grant. The two Carnegie branches were built in park settings in residential neighborhoods near downtown. Both libraries were used until the 1960s, when they were replaced by newer buildings farther away from downtown. For years, the West branch remained vacant until it was destroyed in a 1979 fire. The old East branch building is now used as offices for the Southeast Priority Board, a neighborhood council that allows citizen involvement in city government. The building was restored and renovated to suit its modern function in 1999, and received a 2008 Ohio Historic Preservation Merit Award. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Reference:
Armentrout, Mary Ellen. Carnegie Libraries of Ohio
Ohio Historical Society

Address of Library Building:
2160 East 5th Street
Dayton, Ohio USA
45403


Current Use of Building: neighborhood council offices

Year Built (optional): 1914

Website about building: [Web Link]

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