Francis Owen would certainly be smiling right now. One of the town's founders and its namesake, Francis C W Owen, was from all historic accounts, a man with a sharp wit, a sense of humor (he won the right to name the new town after beating his partner in horseshoes!) and a strong vision for the future. 

Fast forward 171 years and Owensville is still a small town, but it is transforming. The new Scenic Regional branch library opens today and is certain to make a lasting impact on the town and its community. 

JEMA is the architect-of-record and interior designer of the library. SDA, out of Springfield, MO, is the design architect. 


Francis C W & Elizabeth (Branson) Owen, the founder of Owensville, MO

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The central "spine" has a maple wood slatted ceiling and large circular pendants

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The terminus of the "spine" is the teens area and an incredible view of one of Owenville's historic cemeteries

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The color orange reflects the town's high school Dutchmen colors