Public library shifts to consideration of historic places

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The former Maryville Post Office and now the Maryville Public Library are being considered by the National Park Service for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

It has been approved by the Missouri Advisory Council on Historical Consideration for transfer to the Park Service for further consideration. In 1962, the local library board took ownership of the building at 509 North Main, moving from its original location at West Second and North Buchanan.

The building underwent an expansion and renovation funded by private donations and grant revenue in 1999, and was completed in 2001. The library now holds over 57,000 titles, as well as e-books and audiobooks.

It was built of hewn limestone, with Tuscan columns and arched windows, as well as traditional Greek and Roman design forms. All of these aspects the parks department will consider when concluding, as well as the historical significance of the building. They should respond to the appointment in just over 40 days.

Library director Stephanie Patterson is pleased that the application is progressing.

“We began this process in October 2021, and the staff at the Missouri State Historical Preservation Office have been remarkably helpful in helping us meet national standards in documenting the substance and history of this building,” Patterson said. “Ultimately, our hope is that if grants become available to help preserve the structure and its aesthetic features, library administrators will have the opportunity to pursue this.”

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