July 1, 1905: Everett’s Carnegie Library opens

Everett’s Carnegie Library first opened on July 1, 1905.

Architect A.F. Heidi designed the building as a miniaturization of the Boston Public Library, completed using a $25,000 grant from The Carnegie Foundation.

The Herald announced the library’s opening receptions to readers later that day:

“Everett’s new library was today thrown open to the public.

An informal reception this afternoon celebrated that event. The reception will be continued tonight. The library will be open for the first time Monday afternoon for the issuance of books.

Few cities the size of Everett are equipped with better library facilities. The building is of excellent design, commodious and conveniently arranged. The 4,000 and odd new volumes that have just been purchased and catalogued present a handsome appearance on their shelves in the stock room.”

The library would remain open until the Everett Public Library building on Hoyt Avenue was completed in 1935.

The Carnegie Foundation later granted the library board an unusual permission to sell the building. It was first purchased by an undertaking firm and later used as county offices and offices for the county jails work-release program.

The Snohomish County Museum of History in 2011 tried to secure a lease to the building, but negotiations with the county fell apart.

Today, it is vacant.

Read more from the July 1, 1905 edition of The Herald and others in our collection of historic front pages.

More in Local News

Agencies launch coordinated response to an opioid ‘emergency’

Health workers, law enforcement agencies and emergency managers are responding as they might to a disaster.

Jordan Evers distributes coffee Sunday afternoon during the annual community meal at Carl Gipson Senior Center in Everett on November 19, 2017. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
Firefighters serve Thanksgiving meals at Carl Gipson center

The next two feasts at the senior center in Everett will be Thanksgiving Day and Dec. 3.

Hiker rescued on Boulder River trail after 15-foot fall

She was reported to have possible leg and rib fractures.

Alleged philanderer attacked with hammer near Everett

His girlfriend had accused him of cheating and allegedly called on another man to confront him.

Snohomish County Council passes a no-new-taxes budget

The spending plan still funds the hiring of five new sheriff’s deputies and a code enforcement officer.

Darrington School Board race might come down to a coin flip

With a one-vote difference, a single ballot in Skagit County remains to be counted.

Search ends for 3 US sailors missing in Navy aircraft crash

Eight people were rescued quickly and are in good condition.

A seat at the table for everyone

Sultan’s community dinner ensures no one has to dine alone on Thanksgiving

Most Read