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12 impressive Carnegie libraries still in use today

By: Angela Nelson on Sept. 29, 2016, 6:37 a.m.
Yorkville Library in Toronto

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Yorkville Library in Toronto

Canada is also home to an impressive number of Carnegie libraries with 125, including this one in Toronto. In 1903, Carnegie gave $350,000, which was used to build a main library and three branches. The Yorkville Library was the first one built with the grant money, according to its website. Designed by Robert McCallum, the Beaux-Arts design, it "features two pairs of columns, a projected portico, Doric capitals, a bracketed cornice, and stone quoins, band courses and keystones."

The building had a major renovation in 1978 (including an addition) and is listed on Toronto's Inventory of Heritage Properties.