Carnegie Center, Inc.

Category: Arts/Culture/Humanities

This Year's Project: Repair original marble floor.

About Our Organization

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 movable display cases that were made by Ratigan-Schottler, Mfg.

Current Project: Repair original marble floor.


The 2021 project is repairing the original marble floor in the Carnegie Building rotunda installed in 1903. The 10” X 10” tiles were chosen to match the white marble panels and stairway at the entrance. When the building was renovated in 2012, the glued-down carpet in the rotunda area was removed and the marble was cleaned. However, no repair work was able to be done at that time. In the intervening years, this needed repair has become a priority.  The Carnegie Center's goal is to raise 1/2 of the needed funds to repair this marble floor.  The other 1/2 will come from reserve funds.

Past Projects

  • Fabricate and install a historically accurate pendant light in the Carnegie Building rotunda.

    In the Carnegie Building rotunda, there is a 1950’s era pendant fixture hanging where the original light used to be.  For many years we have been looking for a light consistent with the one shown in an interior 1904-05 photograph, but we could never find a light that matched.  We believe the original light was created for the building.  Early Electrics in Peekskill, NY is fabricating a light for us with original parts.  The owner of the business said, “You can’t believe how rare the upper part of this lamp is.”  Carnegie Center, Inc. has funding for 1/2 of the project cost.  We are excited to bring back this focal point of the building.

  • 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.

$305 Raised of $2,500 goal
$0 $2,500
7 Donors
Carnegie Center, Inc.

C/O 100 N. 16 St.
Beatrice, NE 68310

(402) 239-5907

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