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…