Muskogee

MUSKOGEE COUNTY

MUSKOGEE CARNEGIE LIBRARY STATISTICS

The Muskogee Carnegie Library received a Carnegie library grant of $$45,000.00, which was later raised to 60,000.00.

Henry D. Whitfield was selected as the architect.

This building served as a public library for Muskogee until 1972, when a new building was built.

  

 

The Muskogee Carnegie Library

    The Muskogee Carnegie Library retains its original dignified facade and imposing entrance. It currently serves as office space.

    Mounting the steps, the visitor enters between 2 large Ionic columns, and beneath an arc with dentil molding. Combining architectural elements of the Classical world and elements of the Baroque style, the Muskogee Carnegie Library reflected the changing architectural ideas after the turn of the last century.

    In a letter from Carroll S. Bucher to Andrew Carnegie in 1909, Mr. Bucher writes of the need of a "temple of learning for the masses" for the growing city's population. This is an appropriate plea considering the Classical elements found so often in architecture of this period.

    He also mentions briefly that the constraints felt by pre-statehood cities in regard to land ownership and taxation had been solved by the adoption of statehood. Many cities were unable to meet the requirements for a Carnegie grant by reason of the inability to raise the maintenance funding required in the funding agreement.