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Colfax Library architecture and brief history

COLFAX BRANCH, WHITMAN COUNTY LIBRARY

Colfax Library

Built in 1960, the Colfax Branch of Whitman County Library District was designed by renowned renowned Spokane architect Warren C. Heylman, who was known for his unique, futuristic designs. During its construction, many Colfax residents complained about the Libraryís aesthetics and outlandish cost of $99,630. Today the library and itís annex, The Bettie Steiger Community Enrichment Center serve as a community hub. Praised as the Best Rural Library in Washington State, the library boasts a life-sized rainforest tree, gallery exhibits, a technology center, classes, workshops, public computing, Wi-Fi, comfy seating and free coffee.

 

Lippett Brothers Department Store

Lippett Brothers Department Store

Prior to the library, the site housed the Lippett Brothers Department Store. Brothers Julius and William built the first structure in 1879 on the corner of Spring and Main. In 1905, the building was torn down and replaced. After 1918, ownership changed many times with the building housing medical offices and other businesses.