Tyrrell Historical Library, Beaumont

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The Tyrrell Historical Library is a public library in Beaumont, Texas. Originally built in 1903 to serve as the First Baptist Church, the building displays a mix of Richardsonian Romanesque and Victorian Gothic architectures, with pointed arch windows and quatrefoils, and all of its original stained glass. The building became vacant in 1923 when the congregation moved to a new location. It was bought by Captain W. C. Tyrrell, who donated the building to the city for use as its first public library. The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places and also as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark. It is also a contributing property to the Downtown Historic District.

After renovations, the library opened in 1926, serving as the main public library until 1974. Following construction of a new facility, this one was renamed as the "Tyrrell Historical Library," in honor of the philanthropist. It is the center repository of extensive genealogical archives and the library maintains a hallmark Texana collection. It was remodeled with systems upgrades in 1990. An addition was constructed in 2010, reflecting the main building's style without trying to recreate it.
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  • It really is amazing architecture. I remember as a child going up the winding staircase to the childrens library. Now it is a historical library but atm it is closed due to hurricane. I don't know if....  more »
  • This is a nice building. The Small business development center is housed here which is great. also SCORE is housed here.  more »
  • Beautiful old Baptist church turned Library circa 1903 - the stained glass windows are beautiful!!
  • Beautiful building.

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