Walsh, Glenn A.
"Carnegie Library Bldg. May Be Reused by Children's Museum." Blog Post.
SpaceWatchtower 2013 Sept. 3.
The Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, which started in 1983 in the basement of the Old Allegheny Post Office, later occupied the entire post office building, and expanded into the original Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science in 2004, is now considering the possibility of offering programming in the building that formerly held the Allegheny Regional Branch of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (the first publicly-funded Carnegie Library in America), in historic Allegheny Square on the Lower North Side of Pittsburgh.
* 2007 Dec. 2 - NEW WEB SITE:
Website for and by patrons of the
Allegheny Regional Branch
of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
To restore library service in America's first
publicly funded Carnegie Library !!!
Historic Carnegie Library Clock Tower
Struck by Lightning 2006 April 7 !
Historical Significance of the
Allegheny Regional Branch of
The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
(Originally the Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny)
History of Buhl Planetarium *** Allegheny Public Square
Photographs of the Allegheny Regional Branch, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
With construction of the Library, Andrew Carnegie also constructed the world's first Carnegie Hall (built one year before the public opening of Carnegie Hall in New York City), adjoining the Library building just east of the Library section of the building (located at 6 Allegheny Square). Carnegie Hall was completely renovated in the 1970s and the interior performance space was dedicated as the Theodore Hazlett Theatre on 1980 December 15. From 1974-1999 it was the home of the Pittsburgh Public Theater; after twenty-four years, on 1999 December 11, the Pittsburgh Public Theater began a new era of performances (with the world premiere of August Wilson's "King Hedley II") in the O'Reilly Theater (named for the former Chief Executive Officer of the Heinz Corporation), on Penn Avenue, across from Heinz Hall, in the Downtown Cultural District. After a year-long, $2 million rehabilitation, the performance space inside Carnegie Hall was re-dedicated, during the weekend of 2006 September 15, 16, and 17, as the New Hazlett Theater, to be used by several small and mid-size community, performing arts groups.
Web Site of Allegheny Regional Branch *** More Library History
Building Facade and Clocktower
Photo 5 (1)***Photo 6 (1) ***Photo 7 (1)
Photographs of the Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny from 1937
Photographs 1 through 4 show views of the Memorial to honor Colonel James Anderson, officially titled "Labor," which Andrew Carnegie had constructed close to the Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny(now the Allegheny Regional Branch of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh), at the corner of Federal and East Ohio Streets in 1904. This Memorial was dismantled in the 1960s, to allow for the conversion of Federal Street and East Ohio Street to pedestrian malls as part of the Allegheny Center urban renewal project. A community effort led to the reconstruction of this Memorial across the Federal Street pedestrian mall from the Allegheny Regional Branch, next to The Buhl Planetarium and Institute of Popular Science; the memorial was rededicated May 15, 1988. Photograph 3 shows the bust, of Colonel Anderson, while photograph 4 shows "The Reading Blacksmith," both part of the Memorial.
Photographs 5 through 8 show some of the original books from Colonel Anderson's library; these books are now kept in a special collection in the Allegheny Regional Branch.
Photograph 9 shows the former home of Colonel James Anderson, which is now a personal care home for senior citizens known as "Anderson Manor." Colonel Anderson's private library was opened to the public each Saturday afternoon; Colonel Anderson served as the librarian. Andrew Carnegie was one of the working boys of Allegheny City, who regularly visited this library.
Photo 6 (1)***Photo 7 (1) ***Photo 8 (1) ***Photo 9 (1)
Photographs of the Colonel James Anderson Memorial
in its original location at the corner of Federal and East Ohio Streets, in 1937
Photographs of the Carnegie Free Library of
and the Colonel James Anderson Memorial in 1937
Image 6 (4) ***Image 7 (4)
Allegheny Regional Branch Library Web Site
Web Site of the Allegheny
Preserving, promoting, and interpreting the history of Allegheny City and Pittsburgh's North Side
* Historic Carnegie Library Clock Tower Struck by Lightning 2006 April 7 !
Andrew Carnegie Free Library History Cover Page.
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Library Legally Established 100 Years Ago by Andrew Carnegie.
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