We learned some encouraging news about the old Carnegie Library! It turns out that a number of windows were salvaged from the old library when it was demolished in 1964. Chadwick Barrie salvaged the windows with the help of his sons, and the windows were stored at the Barrie family home ever since. On July 24, 2017, the Board of Library Trustees accepted the donation of the windows to the Riverside Public Library. The Barrie family has made the donation with the hope that the windows will be incorporated into the new library.
The Old Riverside Foundation applauds the Barrie Family for preserving a vital piece of Riverside’s architectural history and for their generous donation to the Riverside Public Library. We urge the Board of Library Trustees, the architectural firm Johnson Favaro, and the City of Riverside to honor the wishes of the Barrie Family and incorporate these beautiful windows into the design of the new library. Honoring the Carnegie Library, which remains dear to many in Riverside, in this manner may go a long way toward healing the wounds from its demolition.
Read More Here: Carnegie Library Windows Donated to the Library (PDF)
Photos Courtesy of Local History Office, Riverside
Public Library/Riverside Municipal Museum