Carnegie Tour Sites of Washington
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Nineteenth-century industrialist Andrew Carnegie’s fortune built more than 2,509 Carnegie libraries around the world; of those, 1,681 were built in America. Forty-one dotted Washington State’s small towns and big cities. Six were built in Seattle alone; another four in Spokane. Today, 33 Carnegie libraries survive in Washington State; 20 are participating in Mr. Carnegie’s Grand Tour of Washington. Many are at least 100 years old. Some are still functioning libraries; one is a French restaurant. Others have been adapted as museums, municipal buildings and businesses. Some, in other states, have been converted into homes.