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Earlville
2018 image of the Earlville, IL public library, taken & copyright by Judy Aulik
Architect's rendering of the Earlville, IL public library.

Still in use, although its upper storey is under some sort of restrictions. The building strongly resembles the old Carnegie library of Des Plaines, which was designed by George W. Ashby.

The mural was painted by a local teen, and was difficult to photograph well. It's very impressive, however.

 

2018 image of the Earlville, IL public library, taken & copyright by Judy Aulik

The unattributed card was mailed in 1911, and bears the architectural information:

Kesson White - John Haniben

Associated Architects

Nertney Building - Ottawa, Illinois.

East St. Louis
E. St. Louis public library with a statue as a vignette

This card is known as a 'pioneer' or a Private Mailing Card, and bears the notation 'Authorized by Act of Congress-May 19, 1898.' I hope I look so good at 124!

 

I don't have any authoritative information on this building. I have heard rumors that it's one of many abandoned buildings in the city. It moved out of one building-- possibly the one pictured--and into another between 2001 and 2004.

Elgin (Gail Borden Public Library)
The first Gail Borden Public Library, Elgin, IL

Where the rest of America had Andrew Carnegie, Elgin had the step-sons of condensed milk magnate Gail Borden. 
Despite a second storey addition in the 1930s, and a wing abutting the neighboring building, by 1968, the featured building was outgrown, and a new library built several blocks away on the Fox River.
In 2003, the riverside building in turn was superceded. Supposedly there is a Curt Teich chrome postcard of that building.

The old red brick library was used by the Ackemann Department store in the '70s for a hip junior store. It then went through several iterations as a restaurant. Today (2022) it's a Mexican restaurant, which appears to have survived the pandemic.

Elmhurst

(L) Albertype card mailed in 1943.

(R, above) Linen-finish Curteich-Chicago 'C.T. American Art' postcard which shows the main facility.

(R, below) Chrome finish Artvue card that shows the addition.

 

 

The Wilder Mansion facility was superceded by a new building in October, 2003. The addition to Wilder Mansion was removed in a restoration.

Wilder Mansion, housing the Elmhurst, IL public library
ca. 1960 remodeling of the Wilder Mansion/Elmhurst Public Library
Erie
Erie, IL public library

The windows of this Library appear to be reflecting a school (or similar) across the street. It appears to have either moved into said school building, or have received a concordant addition or two.

 

Photo postcard.

Evanston

The top half of the image features the Carnegie library, the bottom, the newer 1961 library building. The current building, as seen on Wikipedia, is much taller, and is the home to nesting peregrine falcons.

It makes me feel a little better about the demolished Carnegie building (above).

This is not a postcard, was printed at the same size.

Fairbury (Dominy Memorial Library)
Dominy Memorial Library, Fairbury, IL

(L) Mailed as a Christmas card, in 1907.
Photo cards don't exactly strike me as Christmassy.

(R) Early Curt Teich card,mailed 1909.

Dominy Memorial Library, Fairbury, IL

This library causes me a quandary. It's a non-profit library, not a public library, opened on New Year's Day, 1905. Yet, it serves a locality, not special interests.
Its rather tragic origin is detailed on its history page. The non-tragic part is that it was built by Paul Moratz.

 

(R) The sender of this card was requesting a Reading book from Hall & McCreary. These are mentioned online in use as late as 1922.

Dominy Memorial Library, Fairbury, IL
Geneseo (Hammond Public Library)

C.R. Childs postcard, never mailed.

 

Slightly reminiscent of the Carpentersville and the Loda library.
Built in 1898, replaced in 1976.


Used as the Geneseo Historical Museum: now serves as library storage. The current library is in a sprawling building.

Hammond Public Library, Geneseo, IL
Gibson City (William Moyer Library)
Wm. Moyer Library, Gibson City, IL

(L) Photo card of the library, and a woman on the sidewalk.
(R) Correspondent DB noted in 1945:

Do you suppose that is Mom coming from the library?
If she is walking past the library, it is some other lady.

Wm. Moyer Library, Gibson City, IL

(L) Photo card, now with cannon. Return your books on time!
Mailed in 1937: might the cannon have been scrapped in WWII?

 

A 1911 donation by William Moyer funded the original building, which has been replaced. The ivy must have covered a multitude of sins, because this building was condemned in 1962.
History in 'A lott (sic) of city in 100 years; centennial history of Gibson City, Illinois.'

Glencoe
Glencoe, IL public library

Not much to be said about this North Shore library. The picture isn't that great, and comparing it to the Google Street View allows me to conclude that it may or may not be the same building seen here.

 

Photo postcard, never mailed.

Golconda
1st Presbyterian Church and Golconda Public Library, Golconda, IL (separate bldgs.)

Caption: First Presbyterian Church and Golconda Public Library
Golconda, Illinois
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Curt Teich waxes more poetic about the church, but does state that the library was a gift to the city by the late Chas. Rauchfuss in memory of his wife and mother.

Granite City

Now part of the Six Mile Regional Library District.

The rather impressive brick building is still in use.

Did you notice the typo, Granity ? H. Fechte was a far better photographer than speller.

Granite City, IL public library

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