Adriance Memorial Library at Poughkeepsie
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The Adriance Memorial Library

 

The Tennessee marble Adriance Memorial Library is the Poughkeepsie Public Library District’s main public library. It serves Poughkeepsie in New York, and is located on Market Street, which is to the south of downtown. It is one of the member libraries of the Mid-Hudson Library System, which is headquartered in an adjacent building.


The library, which was named after the family who funded its construction in 1897, is the third oldest

tax-supported library in America, and is the oldest in the New York State. The Adriance Memorial Library dates back to 1839 at different sites before the construction of the current structure. In 1922, the building was expanded, and in 1982, it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


The most distinguishing exterior feature of the single-storey Adriance Memorial Library is probably its dome. The building features a central pavilion highlighted by four towering Corinthian columns that support an intricately crafted cornice and a parapet roof.

 

The façade of the library is decorated with swag and torch motifs. The interiors of the building feature beautigul oak woodwork and charming Tiffany brass plaques. The Adriance Memorial Library is classified by some as a Renaissance Revival piece, while others consider it to be Classical Revival building.