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Historic Munson Building - Independence, Iowa

Added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 21, 1976. Architectural Styles: Late 19th and 20th Century Revival; Victorian; Other architectural type; French Renaissance Revival.

Munson chose architect J.C. Sunderland to design the building. The cost was estimated to be $25,000. The library building is 40 by 80 feet high with a basement and three stories. Original plans dedicated the first floor and basement to the high school training program, printing office, and young ladies' sewing program. The second story housed the library, and the third story housed the Y.M.C.A.

Ground-breaking ceremonies were held on September 20, 1893 and excavation of the basement began. Perry Munson never lived to see the completed building. He died on December 30, 1893 at the age of 72.

http://www.independence.lib.ia.us/library-information/history2

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