Snohomish Carnegie Library’s restoration worth the wait

You won’t be disappointed when you drive down First Street in Snohomish and arrive at Cedar to see the building on the corner with its handsome and welcoming color and detail. The City of Snohomish deserves our gratitude for its restoration of the 1909 Carnegie Library at First and Cedar. From the reveal of the original Prairie Style facade with its VanBriggle tiles and printers’ marks to the 7-foot crystal chandelier in the interior, it is a treasure. I am grateful to all of the Carnegie Foundation Board members who joined the mission along its almost 20-year trajectory starting in 2002. They persevered through the years keeping to their vision, gathering overwhelming support from businesses and community members.

The city and the foundation worked to maintain and improve the original structure and grounds including the Veterans Memorial Park. They successfully lobbied the state Legislature and the federal government for grants designated for restoration of significant historic buildings. The foundation kept the hope alive. They kept their goal in the public view. As one who grew up in this small town with a Carnegie Library I could not be happier with the result of the completed project. Well done.

Julie Davis


Talk to us

More in Opinion

Editorial cartoons for Wednesday, May 12

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

Craig Jacobsen, a technician at Everett Transit, demonstrates how the electric buses are charged. The new system takes about four hours to charge the batteries. (Lizz Giordano / The Herald)
Editorial: Get shovels ready for Biden’s transportation plans

The state and Sound Transit have work to do to benefit from Biden’s infrastructure investments.

Saunders: Tech geeks should leave diversity issues to HR

Employees at tech firm who were pushing equity issues left a rift and departures in their wake.

Comment: Cheney’s fate meant as a warning to others in GOP

Moderates, particularly at the state level, face being sidelined, too, as shown in Cheney’s Wyoming.

Comment: Anti-trans laws using tested ‘save the kids’ rhetoric

The laws backers are using false threats to children, the same as past anti-civil rights efforts.

Why would Providence take away nurses’ benefits?

I was born at Everett General Hospital, which later became the Colby… Continue reading

Protests at Planned Parenthood have been less than peaceful

I am writing in response to a letter to the editor I… Continue reading

Editorial cartoons for Tuesday, May 11

A sketchy look at the news of the day.… Continue reading

toon mothers day
Editorial: What Mom really wants is help for her family

For Mother’s Day, how about backing proposals for equal pay, child care and family tax credits?

Most Read