Hanford Carnegie Museum

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Hanford Carnegie Library
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Hanford Carnegie Museum
Hanford Carnegie Museum is located in California
Hanford Carnegie Museum
Hanford Carnegie Museum is located in the US
Hanford Carnegie Museum
Location 109 E. 8th St., Hanford, California
Coordinates 36°19′39″N 119°38′39″W / 36.32750°N 119.64417°W / 36.32750; -119.64417Coordinates: 36°19′39″N 119°38′39″W / 36.32750°N 119.64417°W / 36.32750; -119.64417
Built 1905
Architect McDougall Brothers,Benjamin & George
Architectural style Romanesque Revival, Richardson Romanesque
NRHP Reference # 81000152
Added to NRHP December 17, 1981[1]

The Hanford Carnegie Library, now the Hanford Carnegie Museum, is located in Hanford, Kings County, central California.[2]


The building was built in 1905, in the Romanesque Revival style with Richardson Romanesque elements. It was one of the many Carnegie libraries that were funded by steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, who awarded the city $12,500 to construct it.[2]

The Hanford Library was open in the Carnegie building until 1968, when the city and Kings County libraries were combined and moved into new building. Concerned local citizens raised the money to save the old library building from destruction, and to renovate it.[2]


The Hanford Carnegie Museum opened in the restored Carnegie Library building in 1974.[2] The history museum has displays of Victorian furniture, antiques, and vintage photographs, to describe the history of Hanford's people and the area in the western San Joaquin Valley.[3][4]

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