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Racine Heritage Museum, Racine, WI
Racine Heritage Museum
The Racine Heritage Museum is a historical museum building and former Carnegie library in downtown Racine, Wisconsin. It is located at 701 S. Main St. The Racine Heritage Museum has been housed in the building since 1963, which was designed by John Mauran in the Beaux-Arts style and served as the Racine Public Library from 1904 until 1958.
The Racine County Historical Society is also housed there. On March 20, 1981, it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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The structure was designed by John Mauran in a style that has been referred to as both Beaux-Arts and Renaissance Revival. The two-story structure is made of Bedford limestone and brick, with terracotta accents and “St. Louis granite pressed brick.” On each of the building’s facades, this terracotta is employed to create several decorative ornaments.
The building’s front is dominated by a Roman arch with an Ionic portico and a shattered pediment facing west toward Main Street. The “Racine County Historical Society” is written on a transom plaque that is not original to the structure. “Free to the People” is written on the frieze. “Intelligence is the Foundation of Prosperity and Social Order,” reads a panel on the north front, facing Seventh Street. “Ye Shall Know the Truth and the Truth Shall Make You Free,” read a panel on the south side. An enlargement of the structure in 1989 damaged the old east facade, and a 1981 assessment reveals nothing notable about it.
The library had 97,000 books in its collection when it first opened. It had two reading rooms on the ground floor, a small auditorium and museum on the second floor, and newspaper archives in the basement.
Even this structure proved insufficient within a short time, and the library was expanded in 1914 with the establishment of a branch, which by the following year had a larger circulation than the original facility. Some of the library’s holdings were also held in the city’s public school libraries. The structure had been labeled “outgrown” by 1929, and plans for a replacement were prompted by the New Deal’s public works initiatives in 1934.
The Racine Heritage Museum is a great place to learn about the history of Racine and the surrounding area. The museum has exhibits on everything from local businesses to the area’s Native American heritage. They also have a great collection of vintage photographs and artifacts. If you’re interested in learning more about Racine’s history, the Heritage Museum is a must-visit!
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