Oklahoma's National Register of Historic Places

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ID Number 16000087
Historic Name EXCELSIOR LIBRARY
Description of Significance THE EXCELSIOR LIBRARY IS ELIGIBLE FOR THE NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES UNDER CRITERION A WITHIN THE AREAS OF SIGNIFICANCE OF ETHNIC HERITAGE BLACK, EDUCATION, AND SOCIAL HISTORY. THE EXCELSIOR LIBRARY WAS BUILT AS PART OF A 1954 CITY OF GUTHRIE BOND ISSUE; IT OPENED IN 1955. THE LIBRARY CONSISTED OF TWO LIBRARY ROOMS HOUSING 5,000 BOOKS AND A LARGER COMMUNITY ROOM WITH A STAGE FOR MEETINGS.1 IT OPERATED AS A RACIALLY SEGREGATED LIBRARY UNTIL 1967 WHEN THE EXCELSIOR LIBRARY AND THE GUTHRIE CARNEGIE LIBRARY WERE COMBINED AS PART OF DESEGREGATION. THE BUILDING CONTINUED TO BE USED AS A BRANCH LIBRARY UNTIL THE NEW GUTHRIE PUBLIC LIBRARY BUILDING WAS BUILT IN 1970. THE EXCELSIOR LIBRARY IS SIGNIFICANT BECAUSE IT REPRESENTED A TIME AND PLACE WHERE AFRICAN AMERICANS DID NOT HAVE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES. IT PROVIDED LIBRARY FACILITIES AND A COMMUNITY GATHERING SPACE FOR THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY.
Current Name
Address 323 SOUTH SECOND STREET
City GUTHRIE
County LOGAN
Lot 10-12
Block 69
Current Section
Township
Range
Type BUILDING
Historic Function EDUCATION: LIBRARY; SOCIAL: MEETING HALL
Current Function VACANT/NOT IN USE
Area Signficance 1 ETHNIC HERITAGE: BLACK
Area Significance 2 ECUATION
Date Prepared 2016
Year Built 1955
Original Site YES
Architect/Builder NOLEN-MOORE ARCHITECTURE
Architectural Style MODERN MOVEMENT
Roof Material
Wall Material BRICK
Window Material METAL
Door Material METAL
Decorative Details
Condition GOOD
Comments
Restricted N