...12 over 12 windows with semicircular fanlights, outlined in bricks and accented with keystones...cast concrete door surround with 'Memorial' cut into the top...Richland Parish Library in a linear concrete panel. (NRHP nomination)The library suffered during the Great Depression--as did everything and everyone for the most part--and was threatened with closure in 1935. Assistance from the state library (mainly in the form of providing librarian assistance and bookmobile) kept it going, and by the following year it was fully functional again (NRHP nomination).
The building was in use as a library until 1971 when a new parish library was constructed (Golliker). It was saved from demolition in 1989 and restored/renovated in 1991 by the Original Richland Restoration Society which formed in order to save the building. Currently, it serves as a public meeting hall and display hall for art, particularly for local artists.
The United States Postal Service could take a lesson from the residents of Richland Parish, Louisiana, about the importance of saving--and using--historic treasures that belonged to the people who lived in those communities.