Akron Public Library

The Akron Public Library is located on the north-east corners of East Market Street and South High Street in downtown Akron, Ohio, United States. Also known as the Carnegie Building, it was built in 1904 using a donation of $82,000 from U.S. industrialist Andrew Carnegie. It was designed by Akron architect Frank O. Weary and is an example of Beaux Arts Classicism. It served as Akron's public library from 1904 to 1942, and as an art museum from 1922 to 1932 before being converted to office space. The building is currently occupied by Brennan, Manna & Diamond, LLC.[2]

Akron Public Library
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Akron Public Library (Carnegie Building)
Akron Public Library is located in Ohio
Akron Public Library
Location69 East Market Street Akron, Ohio
Coordinates41°5′5.33″N 81°30′55.62″W / 41.0848139°N 81.5154500°W / 41.0848139; -81.5154500Coordinates: 41°5′5.33″N 81°30′55.62″W / 41.0848139°N 81.5154500°W / 41.0848139; -81.5154500
ArchitectFrank O. Weary [1]
Architectural styleRenaissance and Beaux-Arts[1]
NRHP reference No.83002060[1]
Added to NRHP1983-01-19[1]

It was the first permanent home of the Akron Art Institute, from 1948 to 1981.[3]

It is a monumental one-story block building, faced with "smooth-dressed coursed ashlar of Ohio buff sandstone. Elements of Beaux Arts style are its colossal columns, its detailed entablature, and parapet. Elements of French Renaissance sub-style are its mansard roof, the projecting front pavilion, and the "grotesque mask above the entry". It was regarded as one of Weary's best works.[3]

The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on January 19, 1983.[1]

Historic usesEdit

  • Library
  • Museum
  • Office space


  1. ^ a b c d e f "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. June 30, 2007.
  2. ^ http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM7VVV_Akron_Public_Library_Akron_Ohio
  3. ^ a b Lorrie K. Owen, ed. (1999). "Ohio Historic Places Dictionary, Volume 2". Somerset Publishers, Inc. p. 1305. Retrieved May 7, 2019.