History- Lorain- Going- Going ? Carnegie Library – a lemon?
Update: I have spoken with the current administration and some council members- there doesn’t seem to be any plans for demolition– however this issue of this building does need to be addressed – what are the plans- can it be renovated for a useful purpose and we need to go on the record stating its worthiness to the community . Unfortunately these old buildings need the TLC and maintenance otherwise we have the 770 Broadway ( Ghoulardis) building going from a viable building to demolition in a few short years.
This month’s issue of the Black River Historical Society’s newsletter tells the tale of woe – Click on photos to enlarge
Does the City of Lorain want to tear down the historic Carnegie Library building?
You can find a plethora of information on Dan Brady’s Blog -including the series Then and Now
In 2011 the city began looking at the selling off of some of its park land :
The city will file a lawsuit to remove deed restrictions that state Lorain can use the building as a library, City Hall or park, said Councilman Myroslaw “Mickey” Silecky, who is chairman of the Building & Lands Committee.
The two-story building, a former Carnegie library, was home to the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Currently, the city uses it for storage of office supplies.
This building – once the pride of Lorain whose fellow buildings are a source of pride all over the world – has been left to sour and decay- where as other communities embrace their connection with Andrew Carnegie
Lorain well just another name to add to the list of forgotten pride…….
A Carnegie library is a library built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. 2,509 Carnegie libraries were built between 1883 and 1929, including some belonging to public and university library systems. 1,689 were built in the United States, 660 in Britain and Ireland, 125 in Canada, and others in Australia, New Zealand, Serbia, the Caribbean, and Fiji.
Once again Lorain, her government, keeps making lemons of her historical worth- even in her marketing concepts her historical worth and attributes are dismissed and are conspicuous by their very absence.
to be continued……………..
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