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Johnstown Flood Museum (Johnstown Carnegie Library)

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Johnstown Carnegie Library
1890–1892, Addison Hutton. 304 Washington St.
  • Johnstown Flood Museum (Johnstown Carnegie Library) (HABS)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

As a member of the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club, which was partially responsible for the maintenance and subsequent failure of the South Fork dam, Andrew Carnegie funded this library in 1890 after touring the disaster area in 1889. Architect Addison Hutton (1834–1916), a Westmoreland County native and Quaker, trained under and, for a time, shared a practice with Samuel Sloan in Philadelphia. The three-story tan brick Chateauesque building has been refitted as the Johnstown Flood Museum. The steeply pitched roofline, intricate gabled dormers, and tall narrow chimneys give the building an elegance beyond the grammar of its plaque that states: “Rebuilded, Enlarged & Improved by ANDREW CARNEGIE, 1891.”

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Johnstown Flood Museum (Johnstown Carnegie Library)", [Johnstown, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 311-311.

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