Carnegie Library

Also known as: Carnegie Hall Bed & Breakfast
101 Lake Avenue East, Ladysmith, WI 54848

Classic Revival Carnegie Library repurposed as a bed and breakfast


Overview Looking Northeast

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in October 2013




The library was designed by Claude and Starck, a well-known architectural firm in Madison, Wisconsin, that was noted for their designs of libraries and public buildings from around the country. It features an exposed stone foundation that transitions to brick. It features quoins that are of the same brick. Two Ionic columns support a pediment above the main entrance, which is no longer used.

In the late 1990s, the library had outgrown the facility and moved to a new building. After a period of disuse, it was purchased and remodeled into a bed and breakfast. Many of the features of the original library were maintained, especially the exterior so the building is still a vibrant part of the Ladysmith city scape, as it has been for more than 100 years.

Update Log 

  • October 7, 2013: Added by J.R. Manning