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Doors Open: Riverside Public Library

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Visit the gargoyles who watch over this Tudor Revival nestled along the banks of the winding Des Plaines. The library is home to the Olmsted Collection, a scholar's delight of nearly 1,000 works on Olmsted and the development of Riverside.

Since the Library opened April 4, 1931, the Library has proudly served the people of the historic community of Riverside, Illinois. The Riverside Public Library has the distinction of being Landmark Number One in the Village of Riverside. The library contains the Olmsted Collection and has the distinction of being featured in Bats in the Library by Brian Lies, published by Houghton –Mifflin Corporation.

The library is an exquisite Tudor revival built circa 1930 with limestone construction, parapeted gables with gargoyles, leaded and stained glass windows, with a carved and inscripted entryway. It also offers visitors a beautiful view of the Des Plaines River. The structure is listed in the 1972 Illinois Historic Structures Survey of the Illinois Department of Conservation. Designed by architects O’Conner, O’Conner and Martin.

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Aug 25 to Aug 26, 2018


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