National Register of Historic Places in San Benito County

National Register #92000269: Carnegie Library in Hollister, California 24 August 2005
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National Register #92000269
Hollister Carnegie Library
375 Fifth Street
Built 1912

The Hollister Carnegie Library, designed by San Jose architect William Binder in the Classical style, is constructed of concrete scored to resemble granite block which contributes a sense of stability in an area where earthquakes are not rare. The building is included in the Downtown Hollister Historic District.

Hollister's library history is long but intermittent, dating from an 1874 Hollister Library Association. Subsequent efforts for a Mechanics Library and a WCTU reading room resulted in collections that were the core of the eventual city library. In 1910 a Carnegie grant of $10,000 was received.

The building served as a library until 1959, after which it was used by the Superior Court and Probation Department. It now serves as City Hall, with a large extension for council chambers added to the rear.

Source: Carnegie Libraries of California

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