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Ritzville Carnegie Library
U.S. Historic district
Contributing property
Ritzville, WA - Carnegie Library.JPG
Ritzville Carnegie Library in 2007
Location 302 West Main Avenue, Ritzville, Washington
Area less than one acre
Built 1907
Architect Preusse & Zittel
Part of Ritzville Historic District (ID90000676)
MPS Carnegie Libraries of Washington TR
NRHP reference No. 82004192
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Significant dates
Added to NRHP August 3, 1982
Designated CP May 2, 1990

The Ritzville Carnegie Library, located in Ritzville, Washington, is a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It was built in 1907 with a grant from Andrew Carnegie and still operates as Ritzville's library. It was designed by the Spokane architectural firm of Preusse & Zittel.

Daniel Buchanan created a library in 1902 when he donated 268 books to the town, and a small library was created above a store. In 1903, the town allocated $1000 toward the maintenance of the library. By 1906, the citizens of Ritzville had convinced Carnegie to help, and he pledged $10,000 toward a permanent library if the town secured and maintained a location for it. At that time, Ritzville was the smallest town in the United States to receive financial assistance from Carnegie for a library. Its basement was used for town council meetings.

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