NRHP: Norfolk Carnegie Library

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Norfolk Carnegie Library

Norfolk Carnegie Library

NRHP Reference #: 98001567

NRHP Listing Date: 19981231


803 W Norfolk Ave, Norfolk, Madison County, Nebraska

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The Norfolk Public Library first opened its doors on July 7, 1906. The Norfolk Women's Club had been working for a public library almost from the beginning of the club's founding ten years earlier. In 1908, the operation was transferred from the Women's Club to the City of Norfolk and became a free public library. In 1908, a movement was begun to secure building funds from Andrew Carnegie. Construction of the building began in 1909 and completed in September of the following year. The building stands today as a major landmark in Norfolk and is a testament to the Classical Revival style of architecture of the early 20th Century.

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