Walpole Public Library

Walpole, Massachusetts

Designed by J. Lawrence Berry

Classical Revival Style

65 Common Street, Walpole MA  02081-2804

Library web site:  http://www.walpolelibrary.org

A Brief History of the Building

1901:  Andrew Carnegie gave $15,000 to the town to build the library.  Charles Sumner Bird donated the land.

1903:  The new building was dedicated on May 14.

1930:  The Charles Sumner Bird Children's Room opened on the lower floor.

1967:  The town voted unanimously to build an addition onto the library.

1968:  The new front addition was ready for occupancy by July.  The old part of the building was vacated for renovation.

2008:  This library was awarded a construction grant of more than $3 million from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners.  The hope is to build a larger facility on a property elsewhere in the town.

     original building

 

  2005 photos

 

    Information and original drawing were supplied by the Walpole Public Library.