Plans of rural community buildings. Page: 4
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4 Farmers' Bulletin 1173.
should show that an actual need for a building is felt by the various
organizations of a public nature and by the people themselves. It
should demonstrate that the building can and should be maintained
as a permanent institution.
After it has been decided to erect a building, numerous questions
TYPE OF BUILDING.
The original study should not only determine the need of a
community building but also the most desirable type. No two communities
are alike, and each will desire to put up its own particular
kind of building, just as every person builds his own type of house.
The size and type of the building depend upon the population of
the community, the amount of money available, maintenance expenses,
the uses to which it is to be put, future needs, and similar
Population.-The building should be large enough to serve the
present needs of every member of the community and every organization,
regardless of party, creed, or class, no matter how far distant
they may be, and should be located at a place naturally frequented
by all members of the community.
Future needs.-If it does not seem practicable to provide in the
beginning for future growth, the building should be so constructed
that additions or other stories could later be constructed without
detracting unnecessarily from the symmetry of the structure or the
adequacy of the room arrangements.
Money available.-The amount of money that can be secured from
a given community for a building can not be accurately estimated
in advance. There may be two conflicting tendencies. One will
come from the enthusiastic backers 6f the enterprise, who will fix
an estimate higher than can be reached. The other will originate
with those members of the community who are doubtful as to the
success of movements for the common betterment or frugal in financing
such enterprises. A middle course between these two extremes
should be the aim.
Before an attempt is made to estimate the funds available, however,
a well-directed campaign of enlightenment should be carried
on throughout the surrounding country, with the object of making
generally known the benefits to be derived from the erection of the
Maintenance expenses.-Before the size of the building is finally
decided upon it should be made certain through careful study and
an estimate of probable receipts and expenditures that the building
can be permanently maintained.
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Nason, W. C. (Wayne Crocker), b. 1874 & Galpin, Charles Josiah, b. 1864. Plans of rural community buildings., book, January 1921; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc3492/m1/4/: accessed February 21, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.