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Carnegie Library
Potchefstroom, North West

COWIN and POWERS: Architect

Street:Potgieter St


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26°42'54.20" S 27°05'50.26" E Alt: 1343m

The Carnegie Library is a single-storey building just north of the town hall, and was completed in 1911. The building was the work of the architects NT COWIN and EM POWERS. Consideration was given to building the library sympathetically in style with that of the Town Hall as the latter is considered to be the architectural highlight of Potchefstroom. Even the portal is identical to that of the town hall.

(Richardson, 2001: 265-6)

(Potch Herald 6.2.1914:6; Restorica Jul 1982:6)

Money donated by the Carnegie Library Foundation $12,175.

The Carnegie Library in Church (now Walter Sisulu) Street was designed by N. T. Cowin and E. M. Powers and completed in 1911. The library was designed to sympathetically mirror the appearance of the nearby Town Hall as evidenced by the similarity of the gables and porticos at both buildings. The library now serves as the Chambers of the Speaker of the Municipality.

(SJ de Klerk for The Heritage Portal, Friday, September 24, 2021)

All truncated references not fully cited below are those of Joanna Walker's original text and cited in full in the 'Bibliography' entry of the Lexicon.

Books that reference Carnegie Library

Richardson, Deirdré. 2001. Historic Sites of South Africa. Cape Town: Struik Publishers. pg 265-266