Warder Public Library

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Another example of Richardsonian Romanesque style architecture in Springfield, the Warder Public Library was completed in 1890 and presented to the city of Springfield as a gift from wealthy industrialist and philanthropist, Benjamin H. Warder. Warder was the president of the Warder, Bushnell and Glessner Company which, in 1902, would merge with four other companies to form International Harvester.

Warder hired Henry Hobson Richardson, for whom Richardsonian Romanesque architecture is named, to design his mansion in Washington D.C.. Unfortunately, Richardson died before the completion of Warder’s mansion but the architects in Richardson’s firm formed their own company and completed the design. Warder then hired the architects to design the Warder Public Library. Warder dedicated the building to the memory of his parents. A memorial plaque on the building reads:

This library has been erected in memory of Jeremiah and Ann A. Warder by their son Benjamin Head Warder. It is given to the people of Springfield for their free enjoyment and is left in their charge forever. Dedicated June 12th, 1890.

The Warder Public Library served as the main branch of the Clark County Library from 1890 until 1989 when the new library was built.

Narrated by Larry Coressel of Springfield Stage Works

References:

  • Prince, B.F. (1901) The centennial celebration of Springfield, Ohio, held August 4th to 10th, 1901. Springfield, Ohio: Springfield Publishing Company.
  • Warder Public Library Springfield, Ohio. OhioMemory.org. Retrieved July 16 2013.
  • Warder Public Library. wikipedia.org. Retrieved July 16 2013.

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