Round Top Family Library

The Round Top Library is a very unique and beautiful library.  We were so pleased to find this jewel in the town of Round Top, Texas (population 81).  During the antique shows, I’m sure the visitors must total in the thousands and Round Top provides gracious hospitality to its visitors.

Round Top is the smallest town in Texas with a library.

In 2001, Sterling and Marianne McCall generously donated $700,000 to remove an old church from the town of Buckholts to its current location, and to renovate it to serve as a library.  Formerly the Hope Lutheran Church, the building was constructed in 1925 and served its congregation for fifty years until sold to a farmer to be used as a hay barn.

Architect Chris Travis discovered the old building and made arrangements to have the building dismantled into seven pieces and moved to its current location, a block off the square in Round Top.

This is a beautiful structure and across from the library is a tranquil, peaceful, and lovely memorial garden donated by the family of  Diane and John Grace.

The library is situated on an approximate 2.5 acre site owned by the Texas Pioneer Arts Foundation and leased to the library by the foundation at one dollar a year, on a 50-year lease basis.  The facility is composed of two buildings, the historic Rummel House which houses the library’s ongoing book sale.  The larger building is called the Sterling & Marianne McCall Library Building (which was formerly Hope Lutheran Church).

The Bybee family donated hundreds of books to the library, some of which are very rare volumes.  The collection focuses on Texas history and folklore, architecture, fine arts, and decorative arts.

{Note, since there are many photos of the library, just click on one that may not be clear, and an “open in another page” will appear; you can then view it.}

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Posted on June 8, 2009, in Books, Texas and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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