This Year's Project: Restore historically accurate rotunda lightening, the focal point of the Carnegie Building
Carnegie Center, Inc. was founded in 2001 in order to begin the fundraising for the restoration of the building. Over $185,000 was contributed to the renovation of this 1903 Carnegie Library. The City of Beatrice takes care of the continued maintenance of the building but cannot provide funds for other items that are needed in the building. The Carnegie Center’s role now is to provide funding for these items. We have provided funds for: • The cleaning and refurbishing of three historic bronze plaques that hang in the Carnegie Building, • A picture hanging display system for the walls. • Three moveable display cases that were made by Ratigan-Schottler, Mfg.
Current Project: Restore historically accurate rotunda lightening, the focal point of the Carnegie Building
The Carnegie Building has been significantly restored to its 1903 glory. However, there are some special items that could not be included in the basic renovation. The replacement of the original electrolier / gasolier light fixture in the rotunda was one of those items. Currently, lighting is provided by a 1950's era pendant fixture, an inappropriate leftover from a mid-century remodeling project. Carnegie Center, Inc. plans to further the restoration of the building by replacing the rotunda lighting with a fixture consistent with the one shown in an interior 1904-05 photo of the building. Carnegie Center, Inc. has funding for 1/2 the project cost. These additional funds would enable us to bring back the look of the beautiful 1903 rotunda, the focal point of the entire building.