Public Library (demolished) – Fort Worth TX

City:
Fort Worth, TX

Site Type:
Education and Health, Libraries

New Deal Agencies:
Public Works Funding, Public Works Administration (PWA)

Completed:
1939

Site Survival:
No Longer Extant

Description

Fort Worth’s first library opened in 1901 thanks to a $50,000 donation from wealthy philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. By the late 1920’s the need for additional space became critical, but a bond issue for a larger library failed. When funds became available through the Public Works Administration in 1933, library supporters pushed to secure money for a new building. After years of wrangling with the city council and the PWA, the Carnegie Library was demolished, and the new library project was completed in June 1939 at a construction cost of $370,688 and a project cost of $390,861.

A new central library opened in 1978. The 1939 library was demolished in 1990.

PWA Docket No. TX W1217.

Source notes

https://fortworthtexas.gov/library/info/default.aspx?id=5610 https://archive.org/stream/publicbuildingss00unitrich/publicbuildingss00unitrich_djvu.txt https://dart.org/news/news.asp?ID=338

Site originally submitted by Larry Moore on January 10, 2015.

Location Info


W 9th St and Throckmorton St
Fort Worth, Texas 76101

Coordinates: 32.750651, -97.330628

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