2019 Pewter Ornament

2019 Pewter Ornament - Old Geneva Public Library

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2019 Pewter Ornament

The 10th part in a series of City-themed ornaments, this year's ornament features the longtime home of the Geneva Public Library District at Second and James streets.

After a referendum passed in 1894, construction on the Geneva Public Library began two years later. However, due to lack of funding, the structure stood with half-finished walls for several years. In 1906, the women of the Geneva Improvement Association took over the structure “as a free gift” on the condition they see the library endeavor to completion. A $7,500 gift from Andrew Carnegie in 1907 also supported the library effort.

The original library building, located at the corner of Second and James Streets, opened in 1908, with additions following in 1938, 1986 and 1998. The Craftsman architectural style is enhanced by stone exterior chimneys and Tudor half-timbering with stucco. Stone for the original part of the building was from the Batavia quarry. The building was a destination to many Genevans for more than a century before the Library moved its operations five blocks west to Seventh and James streets in the coming months.

Pewter material, diameter of 2.25" inches.

Price: $12

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