Historic Carnegie Library Restoration Enters Final Phase
The final phase of restoration of the Historic Carnegie Library is now underway. The City awarded a $772,190 contract to JP Structures, Inc.
to provide handicapped accessibility through the construction of an elevator, renovate the entire upper and lower level interiors, and complete
upgrades to the mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems.
Completion of the project is scheduled for August 31, 2012.
Photographs of the ongoing construction may be seen here.
Donations for the TRF Historic Carnegie Library Restoration
Nearly 100 years ago, philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, believing in real and permanent good, offered the City of Thief River Falls the sum of $12,500
to build a public library. The City met Mr. Carnegie’s requirements by matching this with $4,848 in local funding and built the stately Carnegie Library Building
that still stands at the corner of Main Avenue and 1st Street.
The goal of the “Save the Carnegie” library campaign is to restore the Carnegie to its original grandeur and make it an integral part of the community.
The cost to do this is not insignificant, but we believe that coupled with a goal to make this building a valuable community resource as well as draw more
visitors to our downtown, its restoration will pay huge dividends.
The estimated cost to restore the Carnegie Library building and provide handicapped accessibility is $1.1 million. Additional money will be needed for furnishings.
Through the very generous support of Jean and Mark Larson, Gretchen and Gene Beito and the Engelstad Family Foundation coupled with the outpouring of
financial support from others in the community, the $1.1 million necessary to restore the building has been raised.
But, we still need your help to purchase the furnishings necessary to make this building a viable space. Click here to join your community in saving this historic site.
Why Should We Save and Restore Our Historic Carnegie Library?
Donations of any amount
are appreciated and tax deductible.
Donations of $200 and above will be recognized in the following categories.
Reader - $200 - $499
Author - $500 - $999
Researcher - $1,000 - $1,999
Illustrator - $2,000 - $4,999
Editor - $5,000 - $9,999
Bookbinder - $10,000 - $24,999
Bookseller - $25,000 - $49,999
Librarian - $50,000 - $99,999
Publisher - $100,000+
“Save the Carnegie Library Committee” includes: Gene & Gretchen Beito, Mark & Jean Larson, Faye Auchenpaugh, Odette Bendickson, Jim Dagg, Ben Anderson, Roy Lunde, Paul Ihie, Ron Lindberg, Jodie Torkelson, Elvin Erickson, and Don Stewart as Project Manager.