City hall in Goshen originally a library

Goshen’s first library was started in the 1890s by a group of young women known as Philomathians. They collected books for their own use but later allowed the public to access their collection. They wanted a permanent library as the number of books grew. They petitioned millionaire Andrew Carnegie for money to build a permanent facility. By 1903 the building was completed and was the first library in Indiana funded by Carnegie, a big name in the steel business. The building is described as French or Beaux Arts style and features Bedford limestone. There is a prominent rotunda inside with stained art glass. As you can tell by the photo, it is still an impressive looking building. The woodwork is oak, there are terrazzo floors, marble counters, tile fire places and mahogany cabinets. In 1968, the library was moved to a location on South Fifth Street. Other businesses used the building including an insurance company, architectural firm and a law office. Since 2000, the building has served as city hall for Goshen and contains the mayor’s office and clerk-treasurer’s office. I was able to see the building as part of the Goshen Historical Society walking tour last summer.


City hall in Goshen was originally a library.


About historynut11

My name is Tim Ashley and I am a newspaper editor/reporter/photographer in Milford, Indiana, and live in nearby Goshen, Indiana. A deeply held and sincere passion of mine is history and learning from the past. I enjoy a wide variety of history topics, but particularly local history, noted American highways (Lincoln Highway and Route 66), railroad history and the Civil War. I believe we can learn much from the past and that past shapes who we are today. I also enjoy visiting museums and historical sites, as well as taking photos of remnants from the past still standing.
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