Experiencing Great Architecture and Creative Built Environments

Van Brunt and Howe

Hoyt Public Library (1890)

Van Brunt and Howe, Architects

505 Janes Avenue, Saginaw, MI 48607

Aerial View and Map

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Visited September 25, 2011

Boston Architectural Firm Van Brunt and Howe won a national competition to design Saginaw’s Richardsonian Romanesque Hoyt Public Library. Interestingly enough H.H. Richardson himself entered the competition, but according to reports, his designs were rejected for being “too monumental, wasteful of space, and not functional as libraries.” (The Richardson design was said to have been constructed later as the Public Library in New Orleans, LA – I will have to investigate…when is Mardi Gras next year?)

Link to Hoyt Library Website with History