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A New Vitality for its Second Century
Since its official launch in November 2003, the campaign
to restore, renovate and revitalize the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall
has secured donations and pledges totaling more than $2,465,000. Thank you!
Reaching the overall $8.6 million goal will take deep commitment,
effort and generosity from who care about this beautiful historic facility and its service
to Carnegie and surrounding communities. However, gifts from federal, state, and
local government, private foundations and corporations, and the more than 680
people who contributed $518,000 to secure a matching $500,000 Community Challenge
Grant have given the campaign wonderful momentum.
The effort is ongoing: Please make your tax-deductible
donation payable to the Chartiers Valley Partnership, One Veterans Way, Carnegie, PA 15106.
The goals of the campaign are ambitious but straightforward:
to bring back the Library and Music Hall as the gem of the Chartiers Valley. Built
as a gift of the people, the ACFL&MH; has served as a center of education, enjoyment,
enrichment and community activities since 1901. But time and lack of resources
have taken a serious toll.
The $8.6 million capital campaign will
secure the structural integrity of the building while dramatically upgrading its
capacity to serve the public. Improvements include:
- Refurbishing the building to
secure the building's "envelope" and make it resistant to the ravaging effects of water;
- Renovations to meet ADA/accessibility, life safety and code requirements,
along with aesthetic improvements;
- System upgrades to improve heating and
ventilation and add air conditioning;
- Redesigns of parking, landscaping, and lighting;
- Improvements to the computer and data systems;
- Historic restoration, repair and replacement; and
- Making the facility attractive, welcoming, vibrant and user-friendly.
Thanks to the generosity of its neighbors and supporters, work
on Phase I of the building began in November 2004. Come summer 2005, the Andrew
Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall will time be fully accessible, offer modern
and plentiful restrooms, and enjoy myriad electrical, mechanical and plumbing upgrades.
The ultimate vision of the Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music
Hall Campaign is a vibrant regional cultural center offering a quality library, thriving
theatrical performances and resources that will meet the educational, cultural and
civic needs of the Chartiers Valley communities.
In its extraordinary response to meeting the Community Challenge -
contributions of more than $60,000 came in the final two weeks between the devastating
impact of Hurricane Ivan's flooding and the September 30th challenge deadline - the
Andrew Carnegie Free Library & Music Hall learned anew what it means to be the "beacon on the hill."
Please help ensure this light shines even more brightly for
its second century of service.
For further information about the Andrew Carnegie Free
Library & Music Hall Campaign, contact Maggie Forbes, Acting Executive
Director/Campaign Manager 412/247-5371.