Carnegie Libraries: Kansas

There were 59 public Carnegie Libraries built in Kansas; 47 buildings survive, though few are used as libraries. This board will eventually showcase each library that still exist as of 2014. All photos on this board are original by the author, except where noted. Also, images of historical pictures and postcards are included in some pins.
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Built with local limestone, this stately library is of the Classic Revival design. Mostly well preserved, it is now private offices; a new library was built in 1959. Dear owners: Please replace the missing words at top of and building and acknowledge its history on a sign. FACTS: El Dorado, Kansas (Butler County; Built 1910: Funded $10,000, Latitude: 37.816667; Longitude: -96.854722 #libraries #carnegie

Built with local limestone, this stately library is of the Classic Revival design. Mostly well preserved, it is now private offices; a new library was built in 1959. Dear owners: Please replace the missing words at top of and building and acknowledge its history on a sign. FACTS: El Dorado, Kansas (Butler County; Built 1910: Funded $10,000, Latitude: 37.816667; Longitude: -96.854722 #libraries #carnegie

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This building now houses the Harvey County Historical Museum, which is a great use. It is well preserved. FACTS: Newton, Kansas (Harvey County) Built: 1903; Grant: $16,000; GPS: Latitude: 38.044161 ; Longitude: 97.345382

This building now houses the Harvey County Historical Museum, which is a great use. It is well preserved. FACTS: Newton, Kansas (Harvey County) Built: 1903; Grant: $16,000; GPS: Latitude: 38.044161 ; Longitude: 97.345382

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Set in a lovely park, the small library is still in use, and is very well maintained with the surroundings immaculately manicured. Numerous Civil War monuments and sculptures are adjacent to the library. FACTS: Sterling, Kansas (Rice County); Built 1917; Funded $10,000; Latitude: 38.210556; Longitude:  -98.206944

Set in a lovely park, the small library is still in use, and is very well maintained with the surroundings immaculately manicured. Numerous Civil War monuments and sculptures are adjacent to the library. FACTS: Sterling, Kansas (Rice County); Built 1917; Funded $10,000; Latitude: 38.210556; Longitude: -98.206944

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The original Carnegie grant of $10,000 was supplemented with additional funds from many local patrons. Numerous additions and upgrades have been locally funded over the years, and the building still functions as the town library. (Photos by Larry Clark) FACTS: Hiawatha, Kansas (Brown County; Built 1907: Funded $10,000, Latitude: 39.852875; Longitude: -95.532628

The original Carnegie grant of $10,000 was supplemented with additional funds from many local patrons. Numerous additions and upgrades have been locally funded over the years, and the building still functions as the town library. (Photos by Larry Clark) FACTS: Hiawatha, Kansas (Brown County; Built 1907: Funded $10,000, Latitude: 39.852875; Longitude: -95.532628

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The original building houses a local museum, but is next to a new library building. This structure is unique for a Carnegie building as it does not have a stairway to the main library floor. Like many libraries, a bronze statue with children reading books graces a corner in front.  FACTS: Lyons, Kansas (Rice County; Built 1909: Funded $6,000, Latitude: 38.3455539; Longitude: -98.203340

The original building houses a local museum, but is next to a new library building. This structure is unique for a Carnegie building as it does not have a stairway to the main library floor. Like many libraries, a bronze statue with children reading books graces a corner in front. FACTS: Lyons, Kansas (Rice County; Built 1909: Funded $6,000, Latitude: 38.3455539; Longitude: -98.203340

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Nearly shrouded by beautiful trees, the Peabody Library is still a functioning library. It show-cases original stain glass windows,, exquisite architecture, and original furniture, though modern throughout. FACTS: Peabody, Kansas (Marion County; Built 1914: Funded $10,000, Latitude: 38.168889,; Longitude: -97.107222

Nearly shrouded by beautiful trees, the Peabody Library is still a functioning library. It show-cases original stain glass windows,, exquisite architecture, and original furniture, though modern throughout. FACTS: Peabody, Kansas (Marion County; Built 1914: Funded $10,000, Latitude: 38.168889,; Longitude: -97.107222

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The Canton library holds the distinction of being the last U.S. Carnegie Library built. Additionally, it must be one of the smallest. It is still an active library and the community takes great pride in it.  FACTS: Canton, Kansas (McPherson County; Built 1921: Funded $6,000, Latitude: 38.388056; Longitude: -97.426389

The Canton library holds the distinction of being the last U.S. Carnegie Library built. Additionally, it must be one of the smallest. It is still an active library and the community takes great pride in it. FACTS: Canton, Kansas (McPherson County; Built 1921: Funded $6,000, Latitude: 38.388056; Longitude: -97.426389

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This is a well-preserved example of the classic design built with local limestone. It now houses the Cloud County Historical Museum. Small and simple, it is one of the finest looking Carnegie Libraries in the state. FACTS: Concordia, Kansas (Cloud County; Built: 1909: Funded $10,000, Latitude:  39.5705171; Longitude:  -97.6584986

This is a well-preserved example of the classic design built with local limestone. It now houses the Cloud County Historical Museum. Small and simple, it is one of the finest looking Carnegie Libraries in the state. FACTS: Concordia, Kansas (Cloud County; Built: 1909: Funded $10,000, Latitude: 39.5705171; Longitude: -97.6584986

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No longer a library, it is now an office for the AFL-CIO, which they have placed a garish, plastic sign where the words "PUBLIC LIBRARY" were inscribed in relief. Shame on them for not maintaining some semblance of respect for history. Two vintage postcards show earlier views.  FACTS: Hutchinson, Kansas (Reno County); Built 1902; Funded $32,000; Latitude: 38,3.4882N; Longitude: 97,55.9218W

No longer a library, it is now an office for the AFL-CIO, which they have placed a garish, plastic sign where the words "PUBLIC LIBRARY" were inscribed in relief. Shame on them for not maintaining some semblance of respect for history. Two vintage postcards show earlier views. FACTS: Hutchinson, Kansas (Reno County); Built 1902; Funded $32,000; Latitude: 38,3.4882N; Longitude: 97,55.9218W

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A classic style, well-preserved, and still housing part of the public library while being expanded numerous times. Truly a regal building. FACTS: Abilene, Kansas (Butler County; Built: 1908: Funded $12,500, Latitude: 38.919722; Longitude:  -97.217222

A classic style, well-preserved, and still housing part of the public library while being expanded numerous times. Truly a regal building. FACTS: Abilene, Kansas (Butler County; Built: 1908: Funded $12,500, Latitude: 38.919722; Longitude: -97.217222

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