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Sebastopol Carnegie Library, at 7140 Bodega Highway, Sebastopol, about 1920
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Photo--black and white--Sebastopol Carnegie Library circa 1920. Located at 7140 Bodega Highway, Sebastopol. Front view of entrance with unidentified woman standing on front steps. Small palm trees planted in front of library. Carnegie libraries were built with money donated by Scottish-American businessman and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. More than 2,500 Carnegie libraries were built, including those belonging to public and university library systems. Of the 2509 libraries funded between 1883 and 1929, 1689 were built in the United States. In the early 20th century, a Carnegie library was the most imposing structure in hundreds of small American communities. Most of the library buildings were unique, displaying a number of architectural styles. Each style was chosen by the community. California is second only to Indiana in the number of Carnegie libraries built with 142 to Indiana's 165.
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