Carnegie Libraries of Florida & Georgia

Statistics come from George S. Bobinski's Carnegie Libraries.


1915 grant. Very late building that began to show Deco influence, but underwent several renovations before the Carnegie building's demise, met sometime between 2000 and 2004.

Clearwater, FL Carnegie library on linen-finish postcard

(L) The card was published by the Hartman Card Company of Pinellas Park.

(R) A Tichnor Quality View, never mailed.


Clearwater, FL Carnegie library, now demolished.

A whole lot of history goin' on. This is building #3: the second went up in flames in the Great Fire of 1901. Carnegie came to the rescue with a grant in 1902. Finally, this was built in 1905. It was replaced in 1965 by the Haydon Burns Building. That took only 40 years to become outmoded, and was replaced in 2005. The Carnegie Building was rehabbed into offices in the 1980s, and is on the National Register of Historic Places.

Jacksonville, FL Carnegie library

Nice litho card by Raphael Tuck & Sons. (RaphoType) that bears a Red Cross stamping 'Canteen Service (cross) Jacksonville, Fla Chapter' on its entire back.


Ocean St. (City Hall, Library and Fire Station) Jacksonville, Fla.

(L) Ocean Street view with the Library in the background, right.

(R) Tichnor tinted postcard, with autos of dubious existence. 

Public Library, Jacksonville, FL

1907 grant. Demolished in 1968.


Commercialchrome card displays the lovely Spanish style building to its best advantage. If you look closely at the windows on the right side, they are opened from the top. I didn't know an arched window could do that.
The card was mailed in 1934.

Ocala, FL Carnegie library
St. Petersburg

Now the Mirror Lake Branch. Astonishingly, the 1915 building was recently restored, and it's still in use!


The vintage cards shown below illustrate the ways different publishers interpreted the same building, especially with exterior colors.

St. Petersburg, FL Carnegie library (Main)
St. Petersburg, FL Carnegie library (Main)
St. Petersburg, FL Carnegie library (Main)
St. Petersburg, FL Carnegie library (Main)

1910 grant: rehabbed into city offices in 1999. West Tampa's Carnegie library is still in use as a library.


Roy A. Bagby postcard. Did you notice the streetcar to the left of the building?

Tampa, FL Carnegie library

10 Carnegie libraries in this Southern state.


Fun history, from Waymarking.
It began in 1906, converted to a business branch in 1966, and was replaced by a Ford Motor Company building in 1985. The replacement is currently being renovated.


This building houses the administrative offices for the Albany Arts Council and won the 1993 Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation Award for Outstanding Adaptive-Use Rehabilitation.
I think converting a Ford building was even more challenging.


Albany, GA Carnegie library
Seal of the Atlanta Public Library, 1899
Antlanta, GA Carnegie library building

I have to give the Atlanta-Fulton Public Library Systems props for its candor. The Central building was segregated, and their pages own up to it. The African-American community was served by the Auburn Avenue branch, also a Carnegie building. Desegregation happened in 1959.
Atlanta had the Southern Library School associated with the library until it moved to Emory University. It closed in 1988.


1898 grant, built in 1900. Demolished in 1977, before its replacement in 1980.


Barnesville, GA Carnegie library

1909 grant. Built in 1910 to a Whitfield and King design. It has been replace by a far larger building, and this serves as a residence and a studio.

The 1929 Curt Teich card appears to have been used in a chain letter scheme in the late 1940s.

Dawson, GA Carnegie library, Type A style

1913 Carnegie grant. No longer in use as a public library, it serves as the Terrell County Historic Preservation Society.

The photo was by Miller. It seems to show some sort of damage to the fanlight over the door, as it reflects as if an insulation batt would.

Montezuma, GA Carnegie library on chrome postcard

1906 grant: no longer in use.


Published for the Montezuma Chamber of Commerce by Colorama.

Newnan, GA Carnegie library

A late 1901 grant makes this the oldest Carnegie library in Georgia. Built in 1904, it was replaced in 1987 and beautifully renovated in 2009. Weirdly, it served another purpose in the interim, and according to its web site, is a public library once more. Actually, it's a reading room. The city calls it 'library type services.'

Like 'light beer'?

The full service library is the Newnan-Coweta Public Library.

Mistakenly captioned 'Newman' on the Black & White brand card.

Municipal Auditorium (foreground) and Carnegie library (background), Rome, GA

(L) The Municipal Auditorium takes top billing on this Tichnor Quality View. The Classical Revival Type A building languishes a ways down the dirt street.
(R) Glossy card published by Rome Book Store, possibly printed by Curt Teich.

Rome, GA Carnegie library

Opened in 1911. Max Meyerhardt, a prominent Jewish citizen of Rome, took the lead in obtaining the Carnegie grant.
Replaced in 1988 by the Sara Hightower Regional Library, and is now used as offices.

Savannah, GA Carnegie library

Established in 1903. 1910 grant. The African-American branch was built in 1913, as the old Hodgson Hall was segregated. The library's brief history page is not very clear on the facts, but it looks as if the 1910 grant went to the segregated branch first, before the second, 1916 grant, went to the main branch.
Segregation ended in 1963.

The more detailed page glosses over the segregation part, but adds that the main library received a 1936 WPA-built addition.

Curt Teich 'American Art' card with heavily retouched trees.

Frank Bird Hospital (foreground) and Carnegie Library (background, R), Valdosta, GA

We are getting pretty desperate, aren't we?

Once again, the library plays second fiddle on this Artvue postcard.


1912 grant. Since 1967, serves as the Valdosta-Lowndes County Museum.

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