Photograph Album -
Carnegie Libraries of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

The following are photographs of some of the original Carnegie Libraries in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, located outside of the city limits of Pittsburgh -

Special Note: This project, to photograph original Carnegie Libraries in Western Pennsylvania, has just begun. More photographs will be added to this page, when they are ready.

Andrew Carnegie Free Library, Carnegie, Pa.

Andrew Carnegie Free Library Photo Album

Braddock Carnegie Library, Braddock, Pa.

The Carnegie Library of Braddock, Pennsylvania was the first Carnegie Library built in the United States, in 1889, second in the world(after a Carnegie Library was built in Andrew Carnegie's home town of Dunfermline, Scotland in 1881). Braddock was also home to Andrew Carnegie's first major steel mill, the Edgar Thomson Works. Andrew Carnegie felt an obligation to provide his employees, and their families, a library, music hall, gymnasium, and swimming pool; hence, he also arranged an endowment to operate this library. Both the Library and the Edgar Thomson Works(now part of the Mon Valley Works of the U.S. Steel Group, USX Corporation) are still active today.

The first three photographs show the Library entrance. Photographs 4 and 5 show the Music Hall entrance. Photograph 6 is an aerial view of the Borough of Braddock, showing the Edgar Thomson Works immediately behind the Braddock Locks(on the Monongahela River).

Photo 1 (1)***Photo 2 (1)***Photo 3 (1)***Photo 4 (1)***Photo 5 (1)***Photo 6 (1)

Carnegie Free Library of Allegheny, Allegheny, Pa.

Constructed in 1890 as an independent Carnegie Free Library for the City of Allegheny, this library became the Allegheny Regional Branch of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh in 1956(even though the City of Pittsburgh annexed Allegheny City in 1907).
Allegheny Regional Branch Photo Album

Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale, Swissvale, Pa.

The Carnegie Free Library of Swissvale opened to the public in 1918. Hence, it was one of the last public library buildings constructed by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The Carnegie Corporation ended the granting of funds, for library building construction, in 1917; Andrew Carnegie died in 1919.

Photo 1 (1)***Photo 2 (1)***Photo 3 (1)

Carnegie Library of Homestead, Munhall, Pa.

Dedicated by Andrew Carnegie on November 5, 1898(exactly three years after the dedication of the Main Branch of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, and of Carnegie Institute, in Pittsburgh's Oakland section), the Carnegie Library of Homestead is located on a hill overlooking the former Homestead Works of the Carnegie Steel Company(and, later, U.S. Steel Corporation). The library property, which was orignally within the Borough of Homestead, is now in the Borough of Munhall, a couple blocks away from the Homestead boundary; Munhall was formed from part of Homestead.

Photographs 1 and 2 show the Library entrance to the Carnegie Library of Homestead. Photograph 3 shows the whole building, from Kennedy Park. Photograph 4 shows the Music Hall entrance. Photograph 5 shows the entrance to the Athletic Club, which includes a gymnasium and a swimming pool(until recently, only members of one sex could swim at any one time, as there was only one locker room for the swimming pool; a second locker room has now been provided).

Photographs 6, 7, and 8 feature actor Allen Nesvisky portraying Andrew Carnegie, during the Centennial celebration of the Carnegie Library of Homestead; Mr. Nesvisky is affiliated with the John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History Center, operated by the Historical Society of Western Pennsylvania. Photograph 6 shows Andrew Carnegie arriving at the Homestead railroad station, as he did one hundred years earlier. Photograph 7 shows the carriage, with Andrew Carnegie, proceeding from the railroad station to the Library; the parade went through the Homestead business district. Photograph 8 shows Andrew Carnegie unveiling the Centennial Rededication Plaque at the Library entrance; the present Library Board President(man in top hat) looks on.

Photograph 9 shows a miniature replica of the Homestead railroad station on the platform of the popular Miniature Railroad and Village exhibit at The Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh. The Homestead railroad station, which still exists, is in the borough's business district, close to what-was the main entrance to the Carnegie Steel Company's Homestead Steel Works(which has been razed). This railroad station is situated between, and served, two railroad main lines: the Pennsylvania Railroad(later Penn-Central, ConRail, and now Norfolk-Southern) and the Pittsburgh and Lake Erie Railroad, part of the New York Central System(this main line is now owned by CSX Transportation). The railroad station building is now being transformed into a restaurant.

Photographs 10 and 11 show scenes in Kennedy Park, located in front of the Carnegie Library of Homestead. Photograph 10 shows the World War I Memorial; Photograph 11 shows a gazebo.

Photograph 12 shows an historical marker, erected by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, showing the location on the Monongahela River where Pinkerton Detectives landed at the, then, location of Carnegie Steel's Homestead Works, to attempt to end the Homestead Strike of 1892.

Photo 1 (1)***Photo 2 (1)***Photo 3 (1)***Photo 4 (1)***Photo 5 (1)***Photo 6 (1)

Photo 7 (1)***Photo 8 (1)*** Photo 9*** Photo 10 (1)***Photo 11 (1)***Photo 12 (1)

Photographs with Number (1): Copyright 1999 Lynne S. Comunale, All Rights Reserved.

Electronic Information
Network Three Rivers Free-Net CAROLINE Search the Internet

Andrew Carnegie and Carnegie Libraries Photo Album Cover Page.

Andrew Carnegie Free Library History Cover Page.

History of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library.

Information about the Andrew Carnegie Free Library.

Return to News Release - March 17, 1999:
Library Legally Established 100 Years Ago by Andrew Carnegie.

Return to Archives: News and Events of 1999.

Return to Archives: News and Events.

Return to News and Events.

Return to Andrew Carnegie Free Library.