Spring 2001

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Library Awarded Architectural Grant

by Audrey J. Smith, Bell Memorial Library Trustee and NYSALB Trustee and Patricia Galbraith, Library Manager, Bell Memorial Library

Spring 2001 issue of Trustee

Nestled in the hills of southern Livingston County, Bell Memorial Library serves a population of 5,034. The library building was donated in 1912 by Katherine Bell Lewis of Buffalo in memory of her family, especially her father, Hon. Alfred Bell, one-time assemblyman from Livingston County. Green & Wicks of Buffalo, NY, were architects and R.E Williams, also of Buffalo was the builder.

Through the years, the board of trustees has provided contemporary library services while preserving the architectural significance of the building; a challenge that has increased with each decade.

In 1998, the board of trustees applied for and received a grant for $4,350 from the Preservation League of New York State (44 Central Ave., Albany, NY 12206). The purpose of the grant was to have an architectural review to be done by an architectural firm specializing in historic preservation and receive a written evaluation. Their report prioritized the repairs needing attention as well as recommendations for future growth of the library. The completed study now provides the library's board of trustees with a tool for long-range planning.

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