In 2002, the city of Snohomish invited interested parties to present ideas for the future of the Carnegie Library. The city’s decision: repair and restore the building. Work began with architectural plans that were both work and cost scalable.
In 2008, the council conducted a review of the annex. Three possibilities for its future were determined; demolition of the annex was the unanimous decision by the City Council.
With the great recession in full swing by 2009, the Carnegie project slowed way down.
In 2011, at the request of city council, the Carnegie Foundation revised the master plan. The city, with support from the foundation, applied for and won a $ million FEMA grant that allowed for seismic upgrades, new tile roof including soffit vents, all completed in 2012.
Fast forward to 2018, the City Council’s past decisions to proceed with restoring the Carnegie remain valid. A change in government does not negate decisions of the past. The interim city administrator, Steve Schuler, estimates $1.65 million would accomplish a basic restoration of the Carnegie and remove the annex. Our three state legislators support this project and recommended the city apply for a state capital projects grant which the city did in the amount of $1.95 million on Dec. 1. Additional funding would allow for physical and technological upgrades of the historic building.
Restoration of the Snohomish Carnegie Library and grounds has been a grass-roots effort led, lobbied for and volunteered for by Snohomish citizens from the beginning. Please support it with your voice.
Janice M. Lengenfelder