Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County

Expansion and Remodeling Project

Timeline  |  Floor Plan  |  The Move 


Project designed by:

 Morrison Kattman Menze Inc.

Architecture      Planning       Interiors



We will be adding photos of the project as it unfolds.  Click on the photo for a larger image.


May 5, 2003  The first day, before any demolition began.

May 6, 2003   The trees north of the building had to be removed. 

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May 7, 2003    On a very cloudy day, the pavement in the parking lot is removed.

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And demolition begins inside.  This is the former adult area.

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This is the former children's area.

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Looking from the children's area toward the adult area.  There used to be a staff lounge and offices here.

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That's a Bobcat... in the foyer.

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May 22, 2003   As demolition continues, the foyer is removed, exposing the front of the Carnegie part of the building.

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July 2003  The basement excavation has begun.  The metal sheeting will keep the foundation of the Carnegie Building from shifting.

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Footings have been poured for the basement walls.

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Rainwater in the excavation has been a constant problem.

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More water.

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Aug. 2003  Forms used to pour basement wall.

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Aug. 2003  Our first basement walls!

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Aug. 2003  Framing begins for the walls of the new meeting room. 

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Sept. 2003  Forms in place as the north wall of the basement is poured.

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The front of the Carnegie building.

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Walls are already poured on the east end.

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Oct. 30, 2003  The first roof truss is set in place!

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New brick completed on the south side of the building and continuing around the 1988 addition.  

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The north side of the new addition.  The 2 large windows will be on either side of the fireplace.

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Nov. 4, 2003  Roof trusses continue to go up.

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This will be the reading area with the fireplace.

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Nov. 13, 2003   The masonry is nearly completed on the north side of the addition.  The white squares will be light fixtures.

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The west side of the building.

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Dec. 3, 2003  The inside of the addition.

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The elevator shaft.

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The west side of the addition.

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View from the east.

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Dec. 17, 2003  Interior views of the addition, including the fireplace.

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Jan. 28, 2004  The west side of the addition which will be the new main entrance on Elizabeth Street.

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The east side of the building on South Wayne Street.

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Feb. 18, 2004  The reading room and fireplace.  The green styrofoam will be replaced with blue art glass.

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The adult services area.

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The circulation desk area and offices.

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The meeting room and the north face of the Carnegie building.

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March 18, 2004  The area behind and around the circulation desk.

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The railings around the original Carnegie building.

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The fireplace room.

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This is the ceiling of the fireplace room and the freshly stained ceiling slats.

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The new children's area just as they are preparing to paint.

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March 31, 2004  The finished fireplace room ceiling.  The window trim is also installed.

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The columns in the children's area have new shelves built around them for display.

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More painting and wood trim completed.

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Main entrance and foyer.  

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Meeting room kitchen and staff lounge.

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The staff lockers are installed.

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The repainted entrance to the Carnegie building.  

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The still-in-progress technical processing and server rooms.

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The main circulation area and staff workroom.

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April 6, 2004  The Children's Services desk.

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April 28, 2004  The adult services and circulation areas.  Carpet installation and painting are nearly done.  

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The circulation area viewed from the 2nd floor elevator landing.

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The reference room in the Carnegie building is awaiting paint and carpet.

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May 12, 2004  The parking lot is graded and awaits asphalt.

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Shelving is being installed in the Children's Dept.

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Chairs have been delivered and the fireplace insert is installed.

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Shelving in the Adult Service Dept.

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Plumbing fixtures are installed.

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May 26, 2004  Light fixtures in Reference Dept. in the original Carnegie building.

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Shelving and furniture in the Children's Dept.

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Oak shelving being installed in the fireplace reading room.

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The new reference desk.

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Circulation area.

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The library staff spent most of the month of June 2004 moving back into the expanded library.  First, we started packing books at the temporary location.

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Then we tear down and move the shelves to unpack books at the new library. 

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 Since the elevator was unfinished, we moved books to the upper level with a conveyor on the stairs.

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We worked in a sea of boxes while shelving was rebuilt.

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One day, Margaret grilled hot dogs in the parking lot.  Notice the creative use of the book cart.

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Finally! Opening day, July 2, 2004.  The Children's Dept. bravely scheduled a storytime for the very first day we were open.

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