Thief River Falls Carnegie Library

Success Breeds Confidence

With the success of the Soo Line Depot project, the city of Thief River Falls was confident that the recently acquired Carnegie Library would be another opportunity to renovate one of the city’s only other historic structures. Another fundraising campaign was launched, which came easier

A rear addition houses a split entry and elevator, making the building completely accessible. Photo courtesy of Donald Stewart.

with the experience of the Save the Depot campaign. A few local area banks, corporations, and foundations pledged generous matching grants and other donations followed. The first phase of the rehabilitation – halting the water infiltration to the basement and around the foundation – was underway by early 2010.

One side of the former library has been converted to small offices. Glass transoms show off the beamed ceiling and preserve the open character of the room. Photo courtesy of Donald Stewart.

The second phase of the project, which consisted of interior and exterior renovation and an accessible rear addition, was under construction during the summer of 2012. The completed building houses offices for the Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Chamber of Commerce, and a community computer technology lab. Common space on the main level is available for workshops, conferences, receptions, art exhibits, and other events. These two successful reuse projects, located on either side of the Central Business District, will anchor additional revitalization initiatives for the area.

The former library reading room can be used for gatherings, including wedding receptions as shown here. Photo courtesy of Donald Stewart.

Project Information

Architect: Michael J. Burns, Moorhead

Project Cost: $772,190

For more information (and additional snapshots):

Michael J. Burns Architects

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