Carnegie Building

The historic Snohomish Carnegie Library Building is located at 105 Cedar Avenue, on the corner of Cedar and First Street in downtown Snohomish. The building is currently closed to the public. It needs wheelchair ramps and an elevator to be accessible to people with disabilities. And it needs major upgrades and maintenance work.

Building History

The Snohomish Carnegie Library was constructed in 1910 and served the public and its patrons for most of the 20th century.  An Annex was constructed in 1968 which removed the main entrance and added meeting and office space.  Library services moved to a new Sno-Isle Snohomish Library building in 2003. The building has been used for public meetings and groups in recent years.

Current Priorities

Damage in the roof underlayment was found in the Annex’s roof during preparation for a maintenance project in 2017.  A complete building closure for safety reasons makes the need for overall building improvements more immediate.

City Council directed staff to develop a renovation project in mid-2017.  Approximately $1,650,000 may be available for the Carnegie project from existing City funds. State and other funds are needed to fully fund restoration.

Immediate Priorities the 1910 Building are:

  • Accessibility improvements
  • Upgrade main floor
  • Preserve building –exterior, lighting, HVAC, windows
  • Restore front entry

Future improvements would include reinstalling a War Memorial monument and improving the basement. 

Public Process

See slides from the public meeting in September 2017.

Public Input Process (Subject to revisions):

  • September 12, 2017 Public Meeting #1 
  • October 17, 2017 City Council Meeting to consider Architectural consulting services to assist in public outreach and provide preliminary design and cost estimates.
  • Winer 2017-2018: Public Meeting #2 & #3 – Conduct community open houses to review and comment on building concept development. 
  • Spring 2018  Preferred concept plan presentation to City Council and, if approved, Consultant completes preliminary construction drawings and cost estimates.

Past Plans

The City, citizens, and the nonprofit Carnegie Education Foundation have gone through an extensive process to plan for the restoration and future use of the Snohomish Carnegie Library. A vision for the Carnegie Educational Center is sketched out in master plans developed in 2005 and 2011.

2005 Master Plan
2011 Master Plan
2011 Master Plan Update

Those past Carnegie Building outreach efforts have shown a strong public interest in preserving and improving the original 1910 library building, removing the 1968 Annex, and restoring the surrounding property to provide public gathering spaces.