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Kalispell in Flathead County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

Carnegie Library

East Side Historic District

 
 
Carnegie Library Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
1. Carnegie Library Marker
Inscription.  Citizens organized the Kalispell Public Library in 1897 and reorganized it as the Free Library a few years later. Holdings included 772 circulating volumes and 269 reference works. In 1900, Kalispell banker J. Harrington Edwards met with the private secretary of New York philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to discuss funds for the construction of a library building. Carnegie agreed to donate $10,000 and the city promised to furnish the site plus $1,000 per year over the next decade for maintenance. Architect George Shanley drew the plans while his father, Bernard, won the contracting bid for $9,860. Constructed of gray sandstone from the Columbus quarries near Butte and pressed brick shipped by rail from Menominee, Wisconsin, the unusual Colonial Revival style building features a domed octagonal entry. Citizens flocked to the grand opening on January 12, 1904. The library boasted 4,500 volumes and, by 1921, that number had increased to 10,000. Carnegie’s gift served as Kalispell’s library until 1969 when its holdings were consolidated with the county library. This landmark building then acquired a new function as the Hockaday Center for the Arts,
Carnegie Library and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
2. Carnegie Library and Marker
The marker is to the left of the entrance.
a non-profit community art center and museum.
 
Erected by Montana Historical Society.
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureArts, Letters, MusicCharity & Public WorkEducation. In addition, it is included in the Carnegie Libraries 📚, and the Montana National Register Sign Program series lists.
 
Location. 48° 11.766′ N, 114° 18.598′ W. Marker is in Kalispell, Montana, in Flathead County. Marker is on 2nd Avenue East near 3rd Street East, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 302 2nd Avenue East, Kalispell MT 59901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City Water Department (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Central School (about 500 feet away); Missoula Mercantile/Kalispell Mercantile (about 500 feet away); Kalispell Mercantile Rental Property (about 500 feet away); Knight and Twining Block (about 600 feet away); Masonic Temple (about 600 feet away); Baldwin House (about 700 feet away); Cry Building (about 700 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kalispell.
 
Also see . . .  The Carnegie Library -- Flathead Beacon. “There is no greater wisdom than kindness.”
Kalispell Carnegie Library image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2020
3. Kalispell Carnegie Library
“There is no greater gift than the gift of knowledge.” Indeed, there are many adages about “wisdom,” “knowledge” and “gifts.” And on Dec. 26, 1901, a kind (and timely) gift was bestowed upon the city of Kalispell, when wealthy industrialist Andrew Carnegie sent a letter to confirm his $10,000 donation for the construction of a free public library.
(Submitted on November 20, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.) 
 
Carnegie Library postcard ca. 1901 image. Click for full size.
By Unknown
4. Carnegie Library postcard ca. 1901
Carnegie Library image. Click for full size.
By Hockaday Art Museum
5. Carnegie Library
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 20, 2020. It was originally submitted on November 20, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 33 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on November 20, 2020, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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