National Register of Historic Places in Santa Clara County

National Register #06001238: Saratoga Village Library 30 September 2011
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National Register #06001238
Saratoga Village Library
14410 Oak Street
Built 1927

The Saratoga Village Library, designed by Eldridge T. Spencer in the Spanish Revival-style, is clad in concrete block with a red terra cotta tile roof. The specific concrete block material was referred to at the time as Thermotite and described as "an ingenious construction. Although giving the appearance and fire-resisting qualities of concrete, it provides a dead-air space in the walls which will keep the room warm in the winter and cool in the summer."

The formal landscaping includes many mature trees: deodar cedars, redwoods, cypress, magnolias and oaks.

The Village Library is historically significant for its long association with the development of civic life in Saratoga in the 20th century. It served as the community's only library for 51 years.

After the construction of a new library facility in 1978, the Village Library branch remained a secondary community library for five years.

Excerpted from the NRHP nomination submitted in 2006.

When we photographed the building in 2011, it housed a used book store.

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