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Historic Sites of Manitoba: Carnegie Library / City of Winnipeg Archives (380 William Avenue, Winnipeg)

In 1901, provincial library J. P. Robertson wrote to American philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to request that Winnipeg be given a grant similar to that provided to Ottawa for the construction of a library. In due course, Carnegie donated $75,000 and this building was erected in 1905, on a designed by Samuel Hooper, as the city’s first public library. Previously, the library collection had been housed in the City Hall and managed by the Manitoba Historical Society and the city council. The building was closed in 1977 when the Centennial Library (now the Millennium Library, where a painting by Victor A. Long of Andrew Carnegie is displayed) was opened. In 2012, the building received a Conservation Award from Heritage Winnipeg. A municipally-designated historic site, it housed the City of Winnipeg Archives before damage occurring during renovations forced the removal of the collections. The building is presently vacant.

Carnegie Library

Carnegie Library / City of Winnipeg Archives (June 2011)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Location (lat/long): N49.90051, W97.14492
denoted by symbol on the map above

See also:

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Cornish Library (20 West Gate, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. John’s Library (500 Salter Street, Winnipeg)

Historic Sites of Manitoba: Municipally Designated Historic Sites

Sources:

Carnegie Library (380 William Avenue), City of Winnipeg Historical Buildings Committee, April 1984.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 13 November 2016

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