Building that housed Crown Point's first library sold

2014-01-30T18:45:00Z 2014-01-30T23:32:07Z Building that housed Crown Point's first library soldSusan Erler, (219) 662-5336
January 30, 2014 6:45 pm  • 

CROWN POINT | The structure built in 1908 to house the city's first library has been sold, Crown Point Community Library Director Lynn Frank said.

The Carnegie Center, 223 S. Main St., was sold Wednesday to a local attorney who plans to locate his offices there, Frank said in an email message.

Details of the sale were not available Thursday.

The former Carnegie library and an annex which opened in 1974 at 214 S. Court St. were put up for sale in June. The library had relocated the previous October to its current location in the 100 block of North Main Street.

Plans by the new owner are to separate the Carnegie building from the Court Street building by blocking the doorway between the two buildings, Frank said.

The Carnegie library was one of hundreds of U.S. libraries built more than a century ago with money donated by industrialist Andrew Carnegie. Carnegie intended the libraries to bring enlightenment to patrons in the dozens of cities and towns where they were built.

Carnegie donated $12,000 to the construction of the Crown Point library. It ceased being a library in 1974 when the annex opened, and had housed library offices until the October move to the new building.

Library contents left behind after the move to the North Main Street building were snapped up by buyers in an April 2013 auction, netting the library $13,690.

The Court Street annex building failed to sell at the auction. The Carnegie building had not been placed in the auction.

The $12 million, 46,750-square-foot library on North Main Street opened in October 2012.

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