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Newnan's Carnegie Library Rehabilitation

One of the most historically significant structures in downtown Newnan is the Carnegie Library building, built in 1904. The building served as a library until 1987 when a new facility was constructed. The Carnegie Library building later became an overflow courtroom for the County Courthouse, located across the square, until January 2007. In the 2006 Newman comprehensive plan, a specific work item, “Renovate Carnegie Library” was included, to be accomplished in 2009. After a little more than 11 months of construction activity, the highly anticipated Carnegie Building was completed and opened to the public on September 15, 2009.

Through the recommendations of the Friends of the Carnegie, the Carnegie Library Committee and other interested citizens, the Mayor and City Council pursued bids for rehabilitating the structure. Phase I of the project involved maintenance related to the exterior of the building; phase II concentrated on the interior of the building. The first floor of the structure is designed as a reading room with library type services. The second floor contains a gallery and meeting space.


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