Thursday, March 19, 2015

1909, Carnegie Library, Alexandria, Minnesota

[LIB11242] - The Alexandria Public Library is one of 65 public libraries built in Minnesota with funds from Andrew Carnegie and the Carnegie Corporation. The Alexandria Public Library is a one storey building that rests on a raised basement defined by a smooth stone water table. The exterior is faced with light brown pressed brick with an ashlar gray limestone base. The roof is a low, hipped covered with asphalt shingles. The Beaux Arts inspired building has nine bays on the main facade and the entrance consists of a three bay portico featuring two fluted columns and four brick pilasters. The emphasis on the entrance space creates a grand opening to the interior of the building and is characteristic of Carnegie Library design. At the time of construction the interior was furnished with quarter-sawn white oak furniture, the majority of which was produced by the Alexandria Manufacturing Company purchased in 1903 specifically for the new library. [Website]

District Library, Carnarvon, Western Australia


Public Library, Great Falls, Montana

[LIB11240] - The new public library dedicated on Sunday, November 12, 1967. It replaced the previous Carnegie Library.

Public Library, Richfield Springs, New York

[LIB11239] - A gift of T.R. Proctor.

Public Library, Liberty, Indiana

[LIB11238] - The Carnegie Library building in Liberty, Indiana continues serving as a public library for the community.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

1931, Kennedy Free Library, Spartanburg, South Carolina

Thanks to a gift from Mrs. Helen Fayssoux Kennedy of the lot where her husband's office once stood Spartanburg's first “public” library opened on October 17, 1885, on the top floor of a two-story building facing Kennedy Place in the central business district. Her gift honored her husband, Dr. Lionel Chalmers Kennedy, a well-known and respected physician who had died five years earlier. Among the library's first holdings was Dr. Kennedy's 600-volume medical library and some 300 other books collected by the citizens of Spartanburg. [Website]