Carnegie Public Library (Escanaba, Michigan)

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Escanaba Public Library
Escanaba MI Carnegie Library.jpg
Carnegie Public Library (Escanaba, Michigan) is located in Michigan
Carnegie Public Library (Escanaba, Michigan)
Location 201 S. 7th St., Escanaba, Michigan
Coordinates 45°44′39″N 87°3′22″W / 45.74417°N 87.05611°W / 45.74417; -87.05611Coordinates: 45°44′39″N 87°3′22″W / 45.74417°N 87.05611°W / 45.74417; -87.05611
Built 1902
Architect Theodore Lohff
Architectural style Classical Revival
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 77000712[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP July 25, 1977
Designated MSHS January 16, 1976[2]

The Escanaba Public Library is a Carnegie library located at 201 South Seventh Street in Escanaba, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977[1] and designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1976.[2]

History[edit]

The Escanaba Public Library was constructed with $20,000[3] in funds donated by Andrew Carnegie.[2] The city of escanaba promised additional yearly operation funds.[3] The building was designed by local architect Theodore Lohff.[2] The Carnegie library opened in May 1903.[2]

In 1992, the city began construction oon a new city hall and library complex.[3] The library moved to the new location in 1995,[3] and the old Carnegie building was sold to private owners, who refurbished it with the intention of converting it into a private home.[4]

Description[edit]

The Escanaba Public Library is a one-story Classical Revival building constructed of red brick and Lake Superior Sandstone.[2] It sits on a rough-faced stone foundation.[2] The front facade has a portico entrance with an entablature and pediment supported by four Ionic columns.[2] Windows flanked by pilasters and topped with lintels lighten the mass of the building.[2] The building is topped with a cornice and pediments on each side;[2] a balustrade which originally ran between the pediments was removed in 1928.[4] A low dome originally topped building; it was removed in 1958.[2] An upper dome still is in place.[4] The rear of the building is of simpler design, constructed of brick and containing simple windows with stone sills.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "Carnegie Public Library". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d "History of the Escanaba Public Library". Escanaba Public Library. Retrieved April 18, 2012. 
  4. ^ a b c Dionna Harris (May 3, 2008). "Work continues on old Esky library".