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Bradenton in Manatee County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

The Carnegie Library

 
 
Carnegie Library Marker (side 1) image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, March 18, 2015
1. Carnegie Library Marker (side 1)
Inscription.
(Side 1)
This Carnegie Library was built in 1918 with funds from the Carnegie Corporation. It is one of the 1,946 Carnegie Libraries built in the United States under the direction of Andrew Carnegie, a Scottish immigrant who rose from millhand to steel magnate.

First efforts to obtain funds from the Carnegie Corporation for the construction of a public library in Bradenton began about 1906 but were unsuccessful. Again in 1914, the need for a larger library building became serious and in May, 1915, the Carnegie Corporation was again approached for a grant. After almost three years of negotiations, the Carnegie Corporation granted $10,000 for the construction of the original part of the building. The City of Bradenton agreed to provide property and the annual operating expenses. On October 12, 1918, the building was dedicated and opened to the public.

The building was constructed of buff colored brick, rock granite and native stone. Its classical design, which includes doric columns,Is in the style typical of Carnegie Libraries.
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(Side 2)
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For 60 years, the building served as Bradentonís main library. In 1956-57, an addition was constructed on the 14th Street side
Carnegie Library Marker (side 2) image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, March 18, 2015
2. Carnegie Library Marker (side 2)
of the building, increasing the overall square footage by one third. In April 1978, the building was vacated on the completion of the new central library building located on Barcarotta Boulevard.

The building now houses the Historical Records Library, the first county archival library of its kind in the State of Florida. The Historical Records Library was created in 1978 in an effort to preserve and house original records of Manatee County which date back to the countyís formation in 1855. The building was restored with the use of funds from the Clerk of the Circuit Court and a $24,000 grant from the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners. The property is still owned by the City Of Bradenton, but is leased back to the Manatee County Clerk of the Circuit Court.
Sponsored by the Manatee County Historical Commission
In Co-operation with the Manatee County Board of County Commissioners 1986

 
Erected 1986 by Manatee County Historical Commission.
 
Location. 27° 29.783′ N, 82° 34.542′ W. Marker is in Bradenton, Florida, in Manatee County. Marker is at the intersection of 15th Street West and 4th Avenue West, on the right when traveling north on 15th Street West. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1404 4th Street West, Bradenton FL 34205, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Carnegie Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, March 18, 2015
3. Carnegie Library Marker
View of the marker from the street. The library actually faces 14th street.
At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Presbyterian Church of Bradenton (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Bradenton Depot (approx. half a mile away); Major Adams Cemetery (approx. 0.7 miles away); Lincoln High School (approx. 0.9 miles away); The Town of Manatee (approx. 1.3 miles away); Manatee Mineral Spring (approx. 1.6 miles away); The Florida Cracker Trail (approx. 1.7 miles away); First Settler's Homesite (approx. 1.7 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bradenton.
 
Regarding The Carnegie Library. There are 2 additional markers on the library building itself.
 
Categories. Charity & Public Work
 
Carnegie Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, March 18, 2015
4. Carnegie Library Marker
The library building, which is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and has two markers flanking the entrance.
Carnegie Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, March 18, 2015
5. Carnegie Library Marker
The National Register Designation marker on the right side as you face the entrance
Carnegie Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, March 18, 2015
6. Carnegie Library Marker
Marker on the left side entrance, with the inscription: Shadrack Frank Perkins IV December 6, 1935- June 5, 1992 1979 Preserver and restorer of this historic building, and first supervisor of the Manatee County Historical Records Library
Carnegie Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By James R. Murray, March 18, 2015
7. Carnegie Library Marker
View of the markers at the entrance to the library
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. This page has been viewed 175 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by James R. Murray of Elkton, Florida. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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