By Luke Anderson
July 28, 2015
The Niobrara County Library opened in 1919 with help from a grant from the Carnegie Corporation and has served as a library since. This property is not yet listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The building remains in good condition, with masonry walls, foundations, floors, interior spaces, and the roof exhibit no deficiencies thanks to continued use and maintenance. With the exception of some minor work done to windows and doors in the 1970s, the building is largely original. Features include exterior brick construction, distinct half-round transom window above the door. The half-round style is mimicked on all the original exterior wood windows (encased by storm windows installed later).
Carnegie Libraries are important elements of our shared American heritage, and embody the culture, wealth, and values of a very significant and distinct period of national history. These libraries show how localized communities are not isolated from national and global events. The Niobrara County Library is a terrific example of how these interconnections between places of different scales can have energizing and lasting effects on communities. In 2013, the Niobara County Library was awarded the Alliance for Historic Wyoming's Historic Architecture Assistance Fund Grant and with the help of the architect firm Dubbe Moulder a rehabilitation plan was created in hopes of the building's continued preservation.
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This Project was funded by a Historic Architecture Fund grant, and completed by Dubbe-Mulder Architects. The program is offered by the Alliance for Historic Wyoming in partnership with Wyoming Main Street and the Wyoming State Historic Preservation Office, and is made possible by a grant from the Wyoming Cultural Trust fund.