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Walker Memorial Library
Walker Memorial Library, Westbrook ME.jpg
Country United States
Type Public
Established 1894 (1894)
Location 800 Main Street, Westbrook, Maine
Collection
Size 49,000
Access and use
Circulation 119,000
Population served 17,494
Other information
Budget $457,899
Director Rebecca Albert
Staff 13
Website https://walkerlibrary.org/
Walker Memorial Library
Built 1894
Architect Frederick A. Tompson
Architectural style French Chateauesque
NRHP reference No. 80000231
Added to NRHP November 10, 1980

The Walker Memorial Library is the public library of Westbrook, Maine, USA. It is located at 800 Main Street, in an architecturally distinguished French Chateauesque building designed by Frederick A. Tompson and built in 1894. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.

Architecture and history

The library is located in downtown Westbrook, between William Clark Drive and Main Street (Maine State Route 258). It is a three-story brick building, built in an elaborate style resembling a French chateau. It has a hip roof whose ridge lines and dormers are adorned with finials. The main entrance, facing north toward Main Street, is recessed behind a round arch set between two round turrets with conical roofs. The exterior is accented by decorative use of yellow brick, and panels of terra cotta. The interior features extensive use of oak beams and filigreed woodwork.

Westbrook's first public library began in 1802 as a social lending library, one of the first such institutions in what is now Maine. This organization became dormant in 1866, but was revived in 1883. In 1891 the town was bequested funds for a library building in the will of Joseph Walker, a Westbrook native who made his fortune in the lumber industry. The main building was designed by Portland architect Frederick Tompson, then one of Maine's leading architects. An addition to the 1894 structure was added in 1989 via municipal bond.

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