Southworth Library

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Southworth Library
Southworth Library Dryden NY Jan 10.jpg
Southworth Library, January 2010
Southworth Library is located in New York
Southworth Library
Southworth Library is located in the US
Southworth Library
Location 24 W. Main St., Dryden, New York
Coordinates 42°29′26″N 76°17′58″W / 42.49056°N 76.29944°W / 42.49056; -76.29944Coordinates: 42°29′26″N 76°17′58″W / 42.49056°N 76.29944°W / 42.49056; -76.29944
Area less than one acre
Built 1894
Architect Miller, William Henry; Allington, J. & Son
MPS Dryden Village MRA
NRHP reference # 84003195[1]
Added to NRHP June 08, 1984

Southworth Library is a historic library building located at Dryden in Tompkins County, New York. It is a ​1 12-story masonry building with a steeply pitched gable roof. It features a prominent bell tower with a Seth Thomas clock and circular windows include carved stone gargoyles. It is a distinctive, small scale example of Eclectic style civic architecture.[2] It was designed with open grid flooring in stack rooms to facilitate air circulation and two reading rooms.[3] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.[1]

The library was founded by Jennie McGraw. It opened in an existing building on South and Main Streets on September 25, 1884[3] and later in a building constructed for the library in 1894. McGraw was the granddaughter of John Southworth of Dryden, who became a millionaire working as a farmer.[4] She used money to create a memorial to her mother and grandfather by establishing a $30,000 trust fund to build and maintain a library in Dryden. On April 22, 1883, the Southworth Library Association was incorporated.[3]


  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Karen Glazener (1982). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Southworth Library". New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. Retrieved 2009-11-10. See also: "Accompanying six photos".
  3. ^ a b c "Jennie McGraw". Southworth Library. Retrieved February 8, 2017.
  4. ^ George E. Goodrich (1898). "The McGraw Family in Dryden". Centennial History of Dryden. J.G. Ford. pp. 113–114, 217. Retrieved February 8, 2017.

External links

  • Southworth Library, Dryden New York, Finger Lakes Library system

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