From Steel to Stone

Robert  Buehner

Cleveland, United States

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The absolutely breath takingly beautiful Cleveland Public Library Carnegie West Branch. This magnificent edifice was opened in 1910. It is the city of Cleveland’s largest branch and overall most respected holding. Situated on a triangular plot off of Fulton Road in the neighborhood of Ohio City, the library serves the area with grandeur.
The area is highly populated and the library has no parking on its foundation but is however, easily accessible to the surrounding area communities. The library branch was completely remodeled in 1979 and features an interesting mixture of brick, limestone and terra cotta.
It is largely celebrated as the CPL’s most unique and revered branch outside of the main complex of buildings in downtown Cleveland. Part of the reason for this distinction is the park that surrounds the structure.
The Carnegie West Branch was, of course, named in honor of Cleveland, Philadelphia, and New York tycoon, millionaire, philanthropist, steel baron and financial genius Andrew Carnegie.
Carnegie was beyond generous in his role of providing money to libraries and library projects all over the country. There are 2,059 “Carnegie backed libraries” all over the world including 1, 689 in the United States of America alone! Carnegie was adamant in his belief in education, knowledge, history and the future of the young. He donated not only to city projects all over the world, but helped establish and fund countless universities, businesses, grants, loans, buildings, parks, and museums.
Carnegie’s accomplishments and giving nature are overwhelming responsible for the quality of life Americans and citizens of the United Kingdom, Australia, Ireland, Canada, Fiji, and many other countries enjoy today. Carnegie is one of those truly rare men who gave much more than anyone ever thought possible of a steel magnate. All over the United States: streets, buildings, museums, roads, parks, universities, businesses, and banks are named in his honor.
Some have argued Carnegie was boisterous and simply a show off, exploiting and feeding his ego with all of these projects. That he wanted to control life with wealth for citizens all over the planet. Regardless if this is true or not, Andrew Carnegie gave us so many of the treasures we enjoy to this very day.

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