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Whitman County Library seeking Historical Register nomination


Colfax Library in the early 1960s with original lighting and prior to the addition of the upstairs mezzanine used for staff work areas. Photo courtesy Whitman County Library.

Whitman County Library is commemorating the 60th anniversary of the construction of its Colfax Branch by seeking recognition from the National Register of Historic Places for its unique Expressionist architecture.

The building, a Main Street fixture in downtown Colfax, was designed by noted architect Warren C. Heylman of Spokane, who was also known for his work on the Spokane Parkade and the Spokane Regional Health District building. Sceva Construction Company completed the new library in the fall of 1960, after finishing Colfax High School earlier in the year.

The library project cost abo...

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