Downtown Anaheim's Art in Public Places Tour
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 19   Carnegie Library home of the Anaheim Museum

John C. Austin



Anaheim's history is preserved in the historic Carnegie Library building which was built in 1908 and is the last remaining example in Orange County of Andrew Carnegie's vision. Anaheim had its own Library as early as 1873 and was granted $10,000 for a Carnegie building. The building was designed by John C. Austin of Los Angeles who also designed the Griffith Park Observatory and the Shrine Auditorium. He added Mission influence to a Classical Revival style suggested by the red roof tile over the wide low rectangle of the building, beige and tan brick, shady recessed portico, and adjacent palm trees, conveying the sense of an indigenous adobe building. The Carnegie building served as a library from 1909-1963.

The structure was relocated to its current site on Broadway and Anaheim Boulevard, and in 1995 the Anaheim Redevelopment Agency beautified the exterior with new landscaping and signage. Housing the Anaheim Museum since 1987, two of its galleries are reserved for changing exhibits that come from other institutions or may be curated from regional sources by Anaheim Museum staff. Special exhibits, as well as SITE exhibits from the Smithsonian Institute are sponsored by donations and grants from civic and service organizations and general membership commitments. A third gallery is exclusively used for children's' exhibits. Depending upon the subject, hands-on workshop projects are scheduled allowing children to experience by touching, as well as looking. Visitors may patronize the Museum Store, which provides a resource for printed materials related to the history of Anaheim, as well as unique gifts, works by local artists, and specialty products related to the exhibitions on display.