OWENSVILLE, MO GETS A NEW LIBRARY

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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