Throwback Thursday: History of The Third Place

Willennar Genealogy Center’s collection is full of Throwback Thursday potential, so let’s get our #TBT on!

You probably saw our post on Eckhart Public Library’s history a while back, but how much do you know about The Third Place, our teen library building? Here’s a brief history.

First Christian Science Church

In 1932, Lulu and Charles Prickett purchased a plot of land at 705 South Jackson Street for the purpose of building a Christian Science Church in Auburn. The building, which was completed in 1940, was of the Georgian colonial style, and contained a large auditorium and a reading room, which were furnished with green carpet and ivory paint.

Church of Christ 2004

Though it did well for several decades, the building eventually ceased being used as a church. After the space was no longer occupied, Virginia and Donald Hartman purchased it for his daughter Lisa Smith, who had an interior design business. She shared the building with an art instructor, Heather Thomas, who taught private and group art lessons for children.

The Third Place

Eventually, the building was purchased by the William H. Willennar Foundation, and the necessary renovations were made possible due to a generous gift from a family in the community. With this support, the Eckhart Public Library was able to convert the space into a library building for its teenage patrons. Today, The Third Place offers not only books and other media, but also monthly activities, test preparation, and a Not-So-Secret Garden.

Want to see more local history? Click here to browse our online photo database, or head on over to the Genealogy Center’s official Facebook page.



About Chelsea

I've been working at Willennar Genealogy Center for over two years now, and I've loved every minute of getting to learn more about the stories of DeKalb County and the surrounding area. I'm interested in all kinds of history, but I'm especially fond of the early film industry, old letters and journals, the DeKalb County Fair, and the Interurban line.
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