New England Carnegies

A site that honors the libraries that Andrew Carnegie helped to fund

Chelsea Public Library

Chelsea, Massachusetts

Architect unknown

Beaux Arts Style

569 Broadway, Chelsea MA  02150-2991

Library web site:

A Brief History of the Building

1908:  The Fitz Public Library, which had been standing since 1885, was lost in the Great Fire in April.  80,000 volumes and valuable historical records were completely consumed.  Because of explosives in the Armory across the street from the library, no attempt was made to save the contents of the building.

1908:  Andrew Carnegie gave $57,500 to the town to build the library.  This amount was added to $20,000 in insurance money received after the fire.  A new building was planned for the same site.

1910:  The new library was dedicated.

Information and the fire photo were supplied by the Chelsea Public Library.

The remains of the Fitz Public Library after the Great Fire in 1908

2005 photo