Gunn Memorial Library & Museum (1908)

October 22nd, 2016 Posted in Colonial Revival, Libraries, Museums, Washington

Gunn Library

Frederick Gunn, founder of the Gunnery School in Washington, was also the founder, in 1852, of the Washington Library Association, of which he became president in 1855. In the 1880s the Library Association evolved into the Washington Reading Room & Circulating Library Association, which opened a reading room in 1891. E.H. Van Ingen pledged land and money toward erecting a permanent library building in 1902 and the completed building was dedicated in 1908. It was designed by noted architect Ehrick K.Rossiter, who had become a summer resident of Washington. The interior has ceiling murals by Washington resident H. Siddons Mowbray and bronze busts by English sculptor A. Bertram Pegram. The local DAR branch had opened a historical room in a nearby house in 1899. This collection was turned over to the library in 1907. Originally located in the library’s basement, the museum later collection moved to the adjacent house, bequeathed to the library by June S. Willis in 1965. A new 7,500 square foot addition, five times the size of the original library, was completed in 1994. The plans were drawn by King & Tuthill.

  1. One Response to “Gunn Memorial Library & Museum (1908)”

  2. By Roger Peck on Feb 17, 2017

    We have a family connection to the sculptor A. Bertram Pegram and would be most interested to see pictures/photos of his bronze sculptures. We only have a personal interest in this.

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