The Dalles Carnegie Library

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The Dalles Carnegie Library
Photograph of a two-story brick building on a slight rise above the street
The Dalles Art Center (old Carnegie Library) in 2006
Locator map
Locator map
Location in The Dalles, Oregon
Location 220 E. 4th Street
The Dalles, Oregon
Coordinates 45°36′00″N 121°11′01″W / 45.599983°N 121.183617°W / 45.599983; -121.183617Coordinates: 45°36′00″N 121°11′01″W / 45.599983°N 121.183617°W / 45.599983; -121.183617
Area Lot: 10,000 square feet (930 m2)[1]
Built 1910
Architectural style Beaux-Arts
Part of The Dalles Commercial Historic District[2] (#86002953)
NRHP Reference # 78002325
Added to NRHP December 8, 1978

The Dalles Carnegie Library is a historic former library building located in The Dalles, Oregon, United States. It is one of the thousands of libraries whose construction was funded by Andrew Carnegie. The construction grant of $10,000 was approved in March 1907, and it was dedicated in September 1910.[1]

The building was used as the local public library until September 1966. In 1967 the building was leased from the city and converted into an art center. In 1997 the city deeded the building The Dalles Art Association, which continues the building's arts function.[3][4] The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1978.[5]

The building is approximately 50 by 36 feet (15 by 11 m), is Beaux-Arts classical in style, and is constructed of brick with concrete foundation walls and window sills. There is a hip roof and tall brick chimneys with flared tops extending above the eaves. The building remains much as it was when constructed, with extensive original trim, a fireplace on the south wall upstairs, large windows, and the integrity of the exterior appearance is intact. Some minor modifications, including a small office and kitchenette have been added in the southwest corner upstairs.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c Hopkins, Mark (March 10, 1978), National Register of Historic Places Inventory — Nomination Form: The Dalles Carnegie Library (PDF), retrieved December 12, 2014 .
  2. ^ Dodds, Linda; Schneider, Ted; Donovan, Sally (August 1997), National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: The Dalles Commercial Historic District (1997 Update) (PDF), retrieved May 20, 2012 .
  3. ^ Wasco County Historical Society (2012), "Downtown The Dalles Historical Commercial District", Historic The Dalles Oregon, retrieved December 12, 2014 .
  4. ^ The Dalles Art Association (2013), "Our Story", The Dalles Art Center and Gallery, retrieved December 12, 2014 .
  5. ^ Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Oregon Historic Sites Database, retrieved December 12, 2014 .

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