Library Park Historic District

Liberty Park and environs, Las Vegas, New Mexico


Carnegie Library

Perspective view from the southeast

Photo from the Historic American Buildings Survey

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The library was funded by a grant from Andrew Carnegie, and was one of the 1679 libraries constructed between 1886 and 1917 through Carnegie's program. Carnegie devoted some forty million dollars to his library project. Las Vegas's library was designed by the firm Rapp and Rapp, and built in 1903. The building itself recalls Monticello with its dome resting on an octagonal drum, recessed portico entry, arched windows with sandstone details, and brick masonry work. Its neoclassicism is in keeping with the buildings facing the library park and in its immediate neighborhood. -- Historic American Buildings Survey (HABS NM-210)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on March 12, 1979
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival; Victorian; Mixed architectural types
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Single dwelling; Library
Current functions
Library; Single dwelling
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant year
Number of properties
Contributing buildings: 21
Contributing structures: 1
Non-contributing buildings: 6

Update Log 

  • May 30, 2020: New photo from Bill Eichelberger