Gale Memorial Library, Laconia, New Hampshire

The Gale Memorial Library, Laconia, New Hampshire

The Gale Memorial Library, Laconia, New Hampshire (front)
(Public Domain – Pre-1923 postcard)
The Gale Memorial Library, Laconia, New Hampshire (back)
(Public Domain – Pre-1923 postcard)

The Gale Memorial Library is located at 695 Main Street in Laconia, New Hampshire.  The Richardsonian Romanesque-style building was funded by a local banker, Napoleon Bonaparte Gale, who, knowing the importance of public libraries, bequeathed $100,000 for “a substantial and proper building of brick and stone for the Public Library,” as well as a hospital and park. Designed by Boston architect, Charles Brigham, and constructed between 1901 and 1903, it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Napoleon Bonaparte Gale

Napoleon Bonaparte Gale (1815-1984), was a successful Laconia banker. 

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