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Dickinson Area Public Library (Carnegie Library)

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Carnegie Library
1908–1910, W. S. Russell; 1938, L. W. Veigel; 1975 additions; 2006 addition, Janet Prchal for Hulsing and Associates. 139 3rd St. W
  • (Photograph by Steve C. Martens)

Planning for the Free Library began in 1908 when the Dickinson Library Association requested a $15,000 gift from Andrew Carnegie, which later was reduced to $12,500. The library opened for circulation on New Year’s Day, 1910. A substantial WPA-funded west wing was added in 1938, and in 1975 the library gained a modernist-inspired east wing. In 2006, an addition to the south of the original building addressed the challenge of responding to the design of the 1908 building with its classical portico and pediment, and unifying the previous additions. The addition is clearly modern but it references the earlier building in the classically influenced broad, curved portico carried on Tuscan-inspired columns. The library is now served by two public entrances. The historic building’s doors and leaded-glass transom window are retained at the north entrance, and stained glass windows and a glass birdcage elevator unify the historic appeal of the new wing. Woodwork details and pressed-metal ceilings reflect the original building. A landscaped entrance plaza incorporates brick pavers, cast-stone benches, and plantings.

Writing Credits

Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay


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Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay, "Dickinson Area Public Library (Carnegie Library)", [Dickinson, North Dakota], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of North Dakota

Buildings of North Dakota, Steve C. Martens and Ronald H. L. M. Ramsay. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 170-170.

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