Curtis Memorial Library
The Curtis Memorial Library, as it was originally known, is a fine example of Neo-Classical architecture. It was built in 1903 by Augusta Munson Curtis in honor of her daughter, Agnes, and husband, George Curtis, who served one term as mayor and was a prominent businessman in the community. As was the feeling around the country at the time, Mrs. Curtis also recognized the need for a place to encourage education and the spread of knowledge. New Haven architect Richard Williams designed the library, which features a copper dome, mosaic tile flooring, and Corinthian columns, among other notable elements. Today, the building is called the Augusta Curtis Cultural Center, whose mission is to promote culture, art, humanities, and science.
Backstory and Context
Clouette, Bruce. "Curtis Memorial Library." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. April 27, 1981. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/5a2235aa-83f1-4fba-b887-45d1cd88576f
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