Carnegie Library

Contributors:
William W. Smith, builder; Robert R. Taylor, architect
Dates:

1905

Location:
Salisbury, Rowan County
Street Address:

Livingstone College Campus, Salisbury, NC

Status:

Standing

Type:

Educational

Images Puslished In:

Ellen Weiss, Robert R. Taylor and Tuskegee: An African American Architect Designs for Booker T. Washington (2011).

Note:

Like some of the buildings Taylor designed at Tuskegee and like many other libraries of the day, the Carnegie Library at Livingstone College is a symmetrical brick edifice with a massive classical portico. The Charlotte Observer reported on January 11, 1906, “The students of Livingstone are hard at work upon the Carnegie Library building, a donation of Andrew Carnegie last spring. . . . Rowan granite is being used where it is necessary and all the work is being done by colored artisans. Contractor W. W.Smith, so well known in Charlotte, is building the library and has scores of the college boys helping him. . . . The college boys make the bricks [and] do the carpentering work. . . .”