Carnegie Library

1216002289 - Art nouveau or art deco ,  Historic site and monument ,  Civic building at Reims

  • As a tiny Art deco "jewel" originally intended for the intellectual elite of a non-university town, the Carnegie Library was built in 1928 as a result of donations from the American steel magnate Andrew Carnegie.

    The Carnegie Library, built as a result of donations from the American steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, was inaugurated in 1928 by the President of the Republic, Gaston Doumergue.
    Its semi-cylindrical shape, unusual in France, and its art deco ornamentation are worth noting.
    The reception hall contains small mosaic panels by A. Sauvage, representing intellectual, physical or manual activity. A hanging lantern by Jacques Simon is suspended in the centre of the dome of the hall, beneath which is a fountain which is now without water.
    The reading room contains a zenith stained glass window by Jacques Gruber representing a book, and to the side stained glass windows of a more simple construction by Jacques Simon.
    The exhibition room has a parquet floor.

    As a tiny "jewel" originally intended for the intellectual elite of a non-university town, the Carnegie library has since had to adapt and undergo substantial transformations.

    Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 1pm and from 2pm to 7pm (6pm on Saturdays). Closed Thursday morning. Free entry.
  • Environment
    • In the town centre
  • Documentation
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