Completing the Carnegie Carnegie

In late 2003, the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall launched a capital campaign to restore its 35,000 sq. ft. historic landmark facility. It is now more than $12 million later.  Library & Music Hall services and programs draw regional, national and international audiences.  Our facility is beautiful, vibrant and beloved.

We have great news!  At the end of 2020, the ACFL&MH was awarded a very generous $1.25 million state grant for “Completing the Carnegie Carnegie.”

120th Anniversary
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What’s left to do?  

Library park and Bulldozer

Library Park, which has engendered enormous community excitement, was interrupted by a 2018 mudslide.  The Park will convert our steep grounds from a barrier to inviting green space that connects the Library & Music Hall to Main Street below.  A “pathway to participation” for ACFL&MH performances and programs, Library Park will help position Carnegie Borough as one of Allegheny County’s destination communities.

Unfinished Mezzanine and Studio EntranceOur once waterlogged gym is now the Studio. It is a venue for art shows; symposia; job fairs; training; poetry readings and an alternative performance space with a club vibe.  It is also an increasingly popular place for weddings, milestone birthdays and reunions. Technical upgrades and finalizing code requirements will greatly enhance the Studio’s versatility and popularity.

As will connecting it to the Mezzanine.  A partial floor between the Library and Studio levels, and the only unimproved space in the building, the Mezzanine will become small meeting rooms. Some programs work better in an intimate setting or deserve privacy.  These include: tutoring; tax help; teen and senior activities; supervised visits, testing and cooking classes.

Music Hall Plaster Paint and BeautyAlready valued by performers and audiences alike for its acoustics and ambience, the Music Hall will emerge as one of the region’s sought-after performance venues.  Restoring water-ravaged plaster and artful painting will bring out the Hall’s beautiful bone structure and complement the already grand proscenium. New house lighting and rewiring will enhance both safety and aesthetics.  Upgrades to sound and lighting systems will align the Music Hall with professional industry standards.   Most impactful, air conditioning will make the Hall a year-round venue.

We’re not there yet.  Our state grant requires a dollar for dollar match to release it.

Let’s Finish!

Eighteen years ago, our community contributed $500,000 in just ten months to save our grand facility.  Thanks to your support, we have overcome decades of poverty, floods, great recessions, mudslides and pandemics.  We stand stronger —  more vibrant and valued than ever.  

As we celebrate our 120th anniversary, the Library & Music Hall turns once again to you — people who love libraries, theater, history, architecture, green space, Carnegie Borough and the Carnegie Carnegie.  We welcome foundations and corporations  join the challenge of  “Completing the Carnegie Carnegie.”     

But it’s time for us to finish the remarkable journey we began in 2003.  Together we will reach our destination – a fully Restored, Revitalized and Sustainable Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall.  

This last leg is a steep one, but we are so close.  

Please contact Maggie Forbes at 412-276-3456, x. 8 or with questions about memorial or honor gifts, pledges, ideas or just to check on our progress.