- Associated Press - Sunday, September 17, 2017

CONWAY, N.H. (AP) - The Conway Public Library has been added to the National Register of Historic Places both for its architecture and its role as a center for learning.

The state Division of Historical Resources says the Conway Women’s Club founded the library in 1895, the same year legislation passed requiring all New Hampshire towns to establish free public libraries unless voted down at town meeting.

Built in 1900, the library was specifically designed to be fireproof, and its granite foundation, brick exterior and brownstone windowsills are examples of the then-popular Neoclassical style. It includes a large clock tower with gables over each clock face and a cooper domed roof. Historians believe it may be the only library designed by architect Thomas William Silloway, whose projects included the Vermont Statehouse.


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