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Parker took advantage of the area’s indigenous limestone material and built the structure entirely of large limestone blocks – a luxury which even in the day, was economically possible only for public buildings of the largest cities and mansions of the wealthy. Today, it stands as one of a handful of buildings in the community constructed of solid-block limestone rather than stone veneer.  When the library opened its doors in 1918, it had a collection of nearly 2,000 volumes and served over 400 city patrons.

In 1970, the building was retired as a library and in 1973 placed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 1974, the Bloomington City Redevelopment Commission acquired the structure and in the fall of 1977, a private donor made it possible for the acquisition and preservation of the building by Bloomington Restorations Inc.