Built in 1923 and designed by Norman Kearns (he also designed the Farmer’s market building and part of Welland High).
This building is designed in the Beaux-Arts Classicism style, think Greek temple with all that symmetry. It is a single story with an exposed basement. It is dark red Milton brick with details in Indiana limestone. Above the original front door is the City of Welland crest. You can see the ships on both sides and the train across the top with our motto “Where rails and water meet”.
The Library had additions completed in 1961 and 1974.
This building is named after Andrew Carnegie the owner of Carnegie Steel in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In 1848 Andrew was 13 and immigrated to Pittsburgh with his family. He worked his way up from being a bobbin boy in a cotton mill to owning his own steel mill. It has been said that he was a very difficult person to work for, however, he was a large scale philanthropist starting the Carnegie foundation to build libraries. He knew the importance of education and access to knowledge. His foundation built 2,811 free public libraries, 6 were in the Niagara Region.
The Welland Museum started in 1977 at the old Solomon Moore House on South Pelham Road (aka the orphanage or the Children Services Building). The museum moved to Queen Street School in 1985 and moved into this building in 2005.