Pittsburgh's Carnegie Libraries
America's first Carnegie Library, dedicated in 1890 by Benjamin Harrison, after four years of beautiful construction..
April 6, 2006. Lightning bolt to the tower.
By the way, the clock took a lickin' and kept on tickin'. It survived its multi-story fall and the lightning. However, the library branch was replaced in 2009.
This handsome postcard was published in 1905 by the prolific Detroit Publishing Company, which featured many large city libraries.
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Conceptually, the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh dates back to an offer made to the city in 1881. The system's official founding date is considered to be 1895.
Eight branches eventually came from Andrew Carnegie's generosity, which even extended to his complete funding of the Homewood Branch.
Eagle embossed postcard
Hugh C. Leighton postcard
Carnegie Library, Schenley Park
Albertype series. The Statuary Hall card (L) was mailed in 1907. The other two were never mailed.
These are both tinted Albertype images. There are rows of card catalogs to the rear of the reading room. The murals at the head of the art gallery stairs seem to feature industry.