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Carnegie Library Building

This brick building is a highly ornamented and eclectic example of the Neo-classical style of architecture. The second storey has clerestory windows crowning the tall first-story. With significant decorative elements you can see a decorated frieze as also projecting cornices having design elements. Woodwork too includes heavy mullions and an entrance pediment, supported by a pair of Doric columns that are beautifully ornamented. Consoles support a smaller yet similar pediment over the doorway that is decorated and lighted by oval panes of plate glass. Eight colossal columns with Temple-of-the-Winds capitals delineate the octagonal lobby. A small garden, developed as a memorial is located to the rear of the building. It was philanthropist George Foster Peabody who was instrumental for funding the Carnegie Library. The Carnegie Library Building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1975.