Address: 100 SE Race Street Show Map Get Directions
City: Atlanta, IL
Designed in the Neo-Classical style of the 1840s, the interior of the building has high ceilings and a gilded, domed rotunda. In 1979, the Library building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in recognition of its architectural significance for the period 1900 - 1924. In addition to its octagonal shape, the library features a limestone exterior and a prominent clock tower. The 36-foot tall clock tower houses a 1909 Seth Thomas clock and was originally located at the Atlanta High School building. When the high school was to be razed in 1979, concerned citizens began a “Save the Clock” fundraising campaign and the restoration/relocation of the clock tower was completed in 1982. Today, citizens take turns winding the clock to keep it operational. These “Keepers of the Clock” must do so three times a week. The 36-inch, 1,200 pound brass bell sounds on the hour.