About the Carnegie Library in Hopkinsville
More than a century ago, Andrew Carnegie donated the funds for Hopkinsville to build and operate the Carnegie Library. The library served Hopkinsville from 1914 to 1976.
After 1976, the Carnegie Library suffered years of neglect and was almost torn down. Only after the intervention of concerned residents - with initial help from the First Presbyterian Church, the City Council and the Fiscal Court - was a program initiated to save the structure for present and future generations of Hopkinsville and Christian County.
Its restoration is now about two thirds complete, and looking into the home stretch. It has a new roof, has reclaimed and reinstalled the original main doors and features all new exterior doors on the ground floor. The metal cornice has been repaired and painted, and the brick tuck pointed on all four sides. The ground floor interior work has also been completed and the space is now ready for occupancy - presently available for private functions.
The historic Carnegie Library has been a prominent fixture for over a century in the heart of downtown Hopkinsville. It is both culturally and architecturally a significant part of who we are as a city. Its preservation as a library, museum and meeting space will ensure its continued contribution to the community for generations to come.
Once complete, how will this space be used?
We intend to save this culturally valuable landmark and restore it to the use for which it was originally intended. It will perform four essential functions that will begin immediately to have a positive impact on the future of Hopkinsville and Christian County.
Renting the space on the ground floor of the Carnegie Library for your next event, is a great way to support the Library and preserve the Carnegie Legacy for years to come. Contact us today to book your next company event at the Historic Carnegie Public Library.
Have a question about the Hopkinsville Carnegie Library? Interested in renting the ground floor space?
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Progress to Date:
2016 Carnegie Library Board Members
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You Can Help...
With generous assistance from the Christian County Community, the long awaited reopening of the Library - where many of the residents of Hopkinsville and surrounding areas spent a lot of time in their youth, will soon become a long awaited reality.
Your legacy can live on in perpetuity with your name permanently affixed to the Carnegie Public Library. The board will officially amend the Carnegie Public Library name to include your name to the individual or entity that provides the most money to restoring this beautiful historic landmark. To find out more, contact James Coursey at the contact information listed below.
Hopkinsville Carnegie Library Inc.
P.O. Box 1349
708 Liberty Street
Hopkinsville, KY 42241
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