Tag: Carnegie

Washington walkabout

On a recent visit to Washington, DC, I discovered it to be a very walkable city. Laid out in a radial system in the early 1800s, the wide, ample¬†avenues crisscross each other making it easy to find one’s bearings. Even…

Hometown Carnegie

When you visit Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, you will see the name of Carnegie on a lot of buildings: Carnegie-Mellon University, Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History. They are all named after Andrew Carnegie, a wealthy industrialist, who made…

Celebrate libraries with Flat Andy

The Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2014 with a photo contest called Flat Andy. I saw this fun way to mark a major library milestone when I visited¬†the John H. Germany Public Library in Tampa,…

Southern Carnegie

The John Bull Library in Savannah, Georgia was built in 1915 with a grant from philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. It was expanded in 1966 and renovated in the 1990s, preserving a beautiful building while at the same time providing 21st century…

A tale of three libraries

The early 20th century was an incredible period of library building in the United States and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie was its main driver. He gave $55 million dollars to communities all over the world between 1889 and 1923 to establish…

Santa Barbara’s Carnegie heritage

When I walked into the reading room of the Santa Barbara Public Library, I knew Andrew Carnegie had had something to do with it. A large stone fireplace dominated the room, wood shelves were set into the walls, and dreamy…