Kanab Library

Kanab Library (HM1SFK)

Location: Kanab, UT 84741 Kane County
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N 37° 2.878', W 112° 31.554'

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The Kanab Library was built between 1939 and 1940 as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. The library is one of 226 buildings constructed in Utah under the WPA and is important in documenting the impact of New Deal programs in the state. Utah was one of the most severely affected states during the Depression, having a 25 percent average unemployment rate during the era. For this reason, the state was ninth among the 48 states for per-capita federal spending.
Although the Kanab Library was founded in 1915, it was not at first housed in a permanent structure but was rather moved around to various temporary accommodations. In 1938, an $8,000 bond election was approved to build a permanent library, and plans drawn by the architect Carson F. Wells were acquired from the city of Salina, which had just constructed a library, The Kanab Library is basically identical to the Salina building and combines features of both the Prairie School and Art Deco styles. Wells's design combines a symmetrical facade with abstract geometrical embellishments which tones down the rigidly formal appearance of the building.
Year Placed2002
Placed ByDivision of State History
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Date Added Sunday, May 29th, 2016 at 5:03pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)12S E 364312 N 4101282
Decimal Degrees37.04796667, -112.52590000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 37° 2.878', W 112° 31.554'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds37° 2' 52.68" N, 112° 31' 33.24" W
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Area Code(s)435
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100 E 100 S, Kanab UT 84741, US
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