Booth and Dimock Memorial Library

Booth and Dimock Memorial Library (HM2MSO)

Buy flags at!

N 41° 46.046', W 72° 17.891'

  • 0 check ins
  • 0 favorites
Booth and Dimock Memorial Library

The Booth an. Dimock Memorial Library, was dedicated on Friday, October 24, 1913. The Construction of this new building in 1912 was the result of a $40,000 bequest by Henry Dimock in memory of his grandfather, Rev. Chauncey Booth, minister of the First Congregational Church of Coventry, and his father, Timothy Dimock MD. The classically detailed Georgian Revival building, a distinguished example of 20th century architecture, was designed by New York architect James M. Darrach. The building firm of Cruikshank and Fraser of New York City erected the building.
Much controversy surrounded the building of the new library site since the stately colonial homestead of Thomas Clark had to be torn down. A meeting was held in August 1911, with Mrs. Susan Whitney Dimock, to discuss the details of the purchase of the Clark homestead, then owned by Dwight H. Clark. When it was determined that the purchase did not involve town funding, the misunderstandings were resolved and the construction began. The townspeople were delighted with the new building which included a large reading room, fireplaces and room for many volumes of books. On the grounds of the library were tennis courts, a fine toque court, an up to date croquet court and a new game, clock golf. The grounds of the library were

greatly admired and enjoyed by the residents.
In 1987-89 a large 12,340 square foot expansion of the library building took place with a combination of $1,740,000 in funds from the Town of Coventry, State of Connecticut and the Federal Government. The architect was Felix Drury and Zlatnick Construction Company was the contractor. The new addition was dedicated on November 19, 1989. The original front entrance was duplicated and changed to the right hand side adjoining the expanded parking lot. An elevator was installed for easy access to the lower level. The 1913 tower clock was restored. All of the services of the library were expanded to include computer stations, large meeting room/art gallery and children's library.
The South Coventry Library Association was organized in 1880. Books were loaned for a small yearly fee until 1906 when the Town of Coventry voted to provide $100.00 annually toward operating expenses.
By 1894 the library was housed in a small building, formally the post office, which stood directly across Mason Street next to the AW Wellwood Store. The library building was purchased by the South Coventry Library Association after a California physician, Dr. Henry D. Cogswell donated $500.00, to be matched by local funds, for the creation of a library. His gift was in appreciation of the care he received when, as a homeless 10 year

old child, he was befriended and cared for by kindly Coventry women. ( photo captions )
- This 1915 postcard shows the new library building with wide walkways leading to the stately entrance.
- The Thomas Clark Homestead torn down in 1911, amid controversy, to provide a site for the new Booth and Dimock Memorial Library.
- The first library building, formerly the Post Office, was purchased by the South Coventry Library Association in 1894.
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, November 10th, 2019 at 10:01am PST -08:00
Sorry, but we don't have a picture of this historical marker yet. If you have a picture, please share it with us. It's simple to do. 1) Become a member. 2) Adopt this historical marker listing. 3) Upload the picture.
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)18T E 724580 N 4627483
Decimal Degrees41.76743333, -72.29818333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 46.046', W 72° 17.891'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 46' 2.76" N, 72° 17' 53.46" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near , ,
Alternative Maps Google Maps, MapQuest, Bing Maps, Yahoo Maps, MSR Maps, OpenCycleMap, MyTopo Maps, OpenStreetMap

Is this marker missing? Are the coordinates wrong? Do you have additional information that you would like to share with us? If so, check in.

Check Ins  check in   |    all

Have you seen this marker? If so, check in and tell us about it.

Comments 0 comments

Maintenance Issues
  1. What country is the marker located in?
  2. Is this marker part of a series?
  3. What historical period does the marker represent?
  4. What historical place does the marker represent?
  5. What type of marker is it?
  6. What class is the marker?
  7. What style is the marker?
  8. Does the marker have a number?
  9. What year was the marker erected?
  10. Who or what organization placed the marker?
  11. This marker needs at least one picture.
  12. Can this marker be seen from the road?
  13. Is the marker in the median?