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Carnegie Library of Homstead

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Carnegie Library of Homstead

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Location Details

PHONE: 412-462-3444
ADDRESS: 510 10th Ave.
Munhall, PA 15120
HOURS: Mon & Fri 10am-5pm; Tues-thur 10am-7pm; Sat 9am-5pm
COST: Fee for Fitness Center/Courts/Pool

Description

Guilt can be a powerful force. As history tells the story, it was guilt that prompted Andrew Carnegie, one of the wealthiest, most influential industrialists of the 20th century, to perform philanthropic good deeds. Carnegie’s sense of guilt can be traced back to the Homestead Strike of 1892. In the name of the Carnegie Steel Company, Henry Clay Frick hired Pinkerton guards to secure the mill against the locked-out workers. That fateful decision resulted in the death of seven workers.

Perhaps it was guilt, a public relations move, or just an act of good will, but three years after the Homestead Strike, Carnegie decided to donate a library to the Homestead community. (A library bearing his name was already a part of Braddock, home to his Edgar Thomson plant.) Ironically, Carnegie chose to build the library where the state militia had camped during the strike.

Dedicated on November 5, 1898, the Carnegie Library of Homestead was constructed in the French Renaissance style. Reflecting Carnegie’s wish to uplift body, mind, and spirit, the facility boasts a heated swimming pool, an indoor track, a gym, meeting rooms, and an acoustically perfect music hall. U. S. Steel maintained an office there and provided heat and water to the building directly from the Homestead Works plant until well after World War II.

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the building was restored in 1998 to commemorate its centennial.

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