New England Carnegies

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

Private Residence

Rockport, Massachusetts
(formerly the Carnegie Public Library)

McLean and Wright of Boston

Carnegie Classical Revival Style

18 Jewett Street, Rockport MA  01966-1699

A Brief History of the Building

1903:  The town voted on November 11 to accept Andrew Carnegie's $10,000 gift to build the library.

1904:  The cornerstone for the Carnegie Public Library was laid on December 3. During construction, a local donor provided funds to install an Italian marble floor under the dome of the main floor.

1906:  The new library building opened on February 3.  Its total cost was less than $10,000.

1963: An adult reading room was added to the west side.  It opened in January 1964.  A children's room was created in the basement at some point during this building's history.

1993:  Library services moved to 17 School Street and took on the name of the Rockport Public Library.  The town used the former library for storage.

2007:  The building was sold to private buyers for about $500,000.  They initiated work that fully restored the structure and renovated it into a single-family home, adding two and a half bathrooms and a garage.

2009:  The home was listed for sale with By the Sea Sotheby's International Realty at a price of $2,950,000.  In 2010, it was taken off the market.  It remains unsold.

Some information was supplied by Michael Racicot and John P. Campbell.

2005 photos