Carnegie Building Wenatchee WA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Blue J Wenatchee
N 47° 25.414 W 120° 18.827
10T E 702595 N 5255733
Quick Description: Wenatchee Carnegie Library
Location: Washington, United States
Date Posted: 12/11/2006 6:47:42 PM
Waymark Code: WM119G
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
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Long Description:
In November 1909, the Carnegie Foundation offered the City of Wenatchee $10,000 to build a library. The city in turn was required to provide $1,000 a year for building upkeep. On August 30, 1910, the city council approved the site on Memorial Park land and accepted the grant. The library was open to public use on January 1, 1912 with 1,500 books.
By 1918 there was a need for larger facilities. In 1930 the childrens collection was moved to rented space in the Elk's hall. In 1939 the library moved to another building and in 1959 the library was moved into its present building on Douglas street.
When the library moved out of the Carnegie Building in 1939, the building was then used for a public museum under the sponsorship of the Columbia River Archeological Society. The musuem outgrew the building and moved into the old post office building at 127 S Mission in december 1976.
In 1984 the building was used for the Community Development Department with Allied arts in the lower level. Currently the building is used by the Apple Blossom Festival Office and Wenatchee Parks & Recreation occupies the lower level.
Street address:
2 South Chelan Avenue
Wenatchee, Wa United States

County / Borough / Parish: Wenatchee Washington

Year listed: 1982

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Cities first library

Periods of significance: 1910 - current

Historic function: Library, Museum

Current function: Office Space

Privately owned?: no

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 1: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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