E. Francis Riggs
Fowler Studio, 1107 F Street, N.W., Washington D.C.
Georgetown College (1789-1815)
The exterior of Georgetown University's Healy Hall was completed in 1879. The third and fourth floors in its south pavilion were selected for a new library by then University President Patrick F. Healy, S.J., for whom the building is named. However, a lack of money prevented the library from being completed. Alumni who returned for Georgetown's centennial in 1889 used the space as a temporary dormitory. During the centennial celebration, it was announced that Washington banker Elisha Francis Riggs (1851-1910) would donate $10,000 to establish the library. Mr. Riggs took a continuing interest in the construction work and paid all associated costs, even though the final bill exceeded estimates by at least 20 percent.
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