Basic Site Details

Name: Grangemouth Public Library
Town, district or village: Grangemouth
City or county: Stirlingshire
Country: Scotland
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This was Scotland's second Carnegie library, completed just two months before America's first Carnegie library opened in Braddock, Pennsylvania on 30th March 1889.

The competition to design the building took place in 1888, following a visit to the town by the newly married Mr and Mrs Carnegie in the summer of 1887. Mrs Carnegie informed the Town Council that her husband would provide finance for the library, as he had done a few years earlier in nearby Dunfermline.

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Library  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 418881889Construction 
Item 2 of 41888 Competition held 
Item 3 of 431 January 1889 Opened 
Item 4 of 419371939AdditionAddition to W


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 6James Bow DunnArchitect 1888 Competition design - not successful
Item 2 of 6A & W BlackArchitectural practiceA18881889 
Item 3 of 6William BlackArchitectA18881889 
Item 4 of 6David Alexander TaitArchitectB19371939Addition to W
Item 5 of 6Henry ('Harry') WilsonArchitectB19371939Addition to W
Item 6 of 6Wilson & TaitArchitectural practiceB19371939Addition to W


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Gifford, John and Walker, Frank Arneil2002Stirling and Central Scotland (The Buildings of Scotland) New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp529
Item 2 of 3RSA1888   1029
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