Fisk University Carnegie Library

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Carnegie Library
Fisk University Carnegie Library.jpg
Front and western side
Fisk University Carnegie Library is located in Tennessee
Fisk University Carnegie Library
Location Meharry Blvd. and 17th Ave. N., Fisk University campus, Nashville, Tennessee
Coordinates 36°10′5″N 86°48′18″W / 36.16806°N 86.80500°W / 36.16806; -86.80500Coordinates: 36°10′5″N 86°48′18″W / 36.16806°N 86.80500°W / 36.16806; -86.80500
Area 0.3 acres (0.12 ha)
Built 1908
Architect McKissack & McKissack
Architectural style Neoclassical
Governing body Private
MPS McKissack and McKissack Buildings TR
NRHP Reference # 85003769[1]
Added to NRHP January 2, 1985

The Carnegie Library is a historic building on the Fisk University campus in Nashville, Tennessee. The cornerstone was laid in 1908 by William Howard Taft, who was then the U.S. Secretary of War.[2] It was funded by Andrew Carnegie, who provided a number of academic libraries, as well as many public Carnegie libraries.

The library was designed by African-American architect Moses McKissack III; it was his first major design project. It is a two-story Classical Revival building constructed from brick with a stone columned porch, featuring an interior light well.[3] The upper floor was intended to provide a venue for musical performances.[4]

It is included in the Fisk University Historic District and was independently listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.[1][3] It now serves as the university's Academic Building.


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Wynn, Linda T. "McKissack and McKissack Architects (1905- )". Tennessee State University. Retrieved January 4, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "National Register of Historic Places Inventory Nomination Form: McKissack and McKissack Buildings in Nashville (1908-1930) Thematic Resources" (PDF). National Park Service (1985). November 21, 1984. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 15, 2012. 
  4. ^ Louis R. Harlan. Booker T. Washington : Volume 2: The Wizard Of Tuskegee, 1901-1915: Volume 2 College Park

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