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Port Huron Museum Carnegie Center (Port Huron Public Library)
In 1902 steel entrepreneur and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie gave the city of Port Huron $45,000 for the construction of a library. The grant was awarded with the stipulation that the city provide the site and $4,000 a year for maintenance. Normand S. Patton and Grant Miller, Chicago architects recognized for their designs for more than one hundred Carnegie libraries throughout the Midwest, created plans for this two-story, Beaux-Arts classical building of Indiana limestone. The main focus of the formal and ponderous building is a projecting pedimented entrance pavilion approached by a monumental staircase. The interior was arranged with reading rooms (now galleries and lecture room) to the north and south off a circular book delivery room encircled with Doric columns on the first floor, and a lecture room, museum, and stacks off a circular art gallery on the second floor. William H. Maxwell of Angola, Indiana, built the library. The library moved to a larger site in 1967, and the historic building was scheduled for demolition. But the Port Huron Museum of Art and History moved into the building.
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