Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Carnegie Library, East Liverpool, Ohio

[LIB9983] - Construction of the building began in 1899 after a visit from Carnegie to the city. Designed by A. W. Scott of East Liverpool and constructed by Harvey McHenry the exterior of the building was complete in 1900. The Library was officially opened and dedicated on May 8, 1902. [http://www.carnegie.lib.oh.us/hist]

1913 City Library, Orchard Branch, Indian Orchard, Massachusetts

[LIB9982] - Opened March 18, 1909, the Indian Orchard Library was built with a grant from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation. This Classical Revival Style building was designed by local architect John Donahue and built by local craftsmen. The Indian Orchard Branch was the first fully staffed suburban branch library in the city. This library has always played an important role as a community center and has traditionally been a place new immigrants could come to learn to become American citizens. [http://www.springfieldlibrary.org/branches/io.html]

When the Indian Orchard branch was restored in 1999-2000, the original glass dome and mosaic floor were rediscovered. [http://bit.ly/Us6ALB] - It is difficult to see this from the outside photos.

Public Library, Milbank, South Dakota


Now the Grant County Historical Museum.

Public Library, Bangor, Maine

[LIB9980] At the time this postcard was published, it claimed that this library "has the largest number of books per capita in the country."

The Bangor Public Library is the public library serving Bangor, Maine. The library was first founded in 1830 as the Bangor Mechanic Association's private library.

By 1911, the library's collection had grown to 70,000 books, yet all but 29 were burned in a great fire that destroyed most of the Bangor Business District. The library reopened in May 1911 with the handful of saved books and the 1300 others which had been on loan.

The present library building, designed by the Boston architectural firm Peabody and Stearns, opened its doors in 1913. [http://www.flickr.com/photos/jewishfan/7077793819/]

Thursday, October 17, 2013

1912 Carnegie Library, Syracuse, New York


C.W. McKeen / The Post-Standard
The Carnegie Library on Montgomery Street, Syracuse, in 2004.

1912 New Public Library, New Haven, Connecticut

[LIB9952] Addressed to Mrs. R. V. Abercrombie, Bridgeport, Connecticut.

The New Haven Free Public Library goes back to its original opening in 1887 in leased space in a building on Chapel Street. Having outgrown this location by the first few years of the twentieth century, a permanent building was constructed at the corner of Elm and Temple Streets. Built between 1908 and 1911, the building was designed by the prominent architect Cass Gilbert of New York, who had won the design competition. He created a Colonial Revival structure, set back from the street, that would harmonize with the early nineteenth century architecture nearby, including that of United Church on the Green. [Historic Buildings of Connecticut]

1905 Public Library, Wrentham, Massachusetts


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Public Library, Rockland, Maine

[LIB9950] - The Rockland Public Library, in Rockland, Maine, was built during 1903-1904. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979 for its architecture, by George Albert Clough in partnership with Wardner.

Interior of the Rockland, Maine Public Library
[Courtesy of  DefeatDespair]

1921 Public Library, Rangeley, Maine



1913 Public Library, Rangeley, Maine


1919 Library, Kennebunk, Maine

[LIB9947] - 1906 – The cornerstone for new library, gift of George Parsons, was laid.  George Parsons' portrait hangs in the Reading Room.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

1905 Case Memorial Library, Auburn, New York


1908 Public Library, Clinton, Iowa


1932 Carnegie Library, Paxton, Illinois

[LIB9939] - Established in 1903, the Paxton Carnegie Library remains one of Paxton's finest landmarks. During the library's long history, its architectural design features have been carefully preserved. Construction began with a gift of $10,000 from Andrew Carnegie. The architect was Paul O. Moratz of Bloomington, Illinois. Every attempt has been made to keep the library up-to-date and relevant to today's library users, while maintaining and honoring the heritage of the library and the Paxton community.

Monday, October 14, 2013

1907 Public Library, Concord, New Hampshire


Hurd Library, North Berwick, Maine

[LIB9935]- The D. A. Hurd Library has many local resources including cemetery records, Annual Reports, and the York County Census of 1800,1810, and 1820. They also have a wonderful Maine collection.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

1905 Carnegie Library, Burlington, Vermont

[LIB9934] Posted from Burlington on November 23, 1905 and addressed to Miss Fannie Van Sickler of New Haven, Connecticut.