Architecture

Mission Revival-style Carnegie

Exterior view at the Fremont Branch
Exterior view at the Fremont Branch

The renovated Fremont Branch is the 14th project to open under the "Libraries for All" building program.
The renovations, which were designed by Hoshide Williams Architects and built by Biwell Construction Inc., respect the historic character of the branch while improving its efficiency.

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History

Serving Fremont since 1902

In 1902, the Library took over the Fremont Reading Room Association and provided service to the community in a rented space. Library service was upgraded to branch status in 1903, but residents were determined to find the library a permanent home.

To buy land for the Fremont branch, the local Business Men's Club and Fremont residents raised funds with rummage sales, dances, card parties and street fairs. Philanthropist Andrew Carnegie donated $35,000 to build the library, but budget issues and World War I delayed the project.

The two-level branch was opened July 27, 1921. The historic branch has since been listed on the National Register of Historic Places and named a landmark building by Seattle's Landmarks Preservation Board.

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Art

"The Seven Liberal Arts" by Dennis Evans

Artwork by Dennis Evans at the Fremont Branch
Artwork by Dennis Evans at the Fremont Branch

Seattle artist Dennis Evans created a series of painted, mixed-media works titled "The Seven Liberal Arts." The pieces show the seven classical branches of knowledge. You can find them at these Carnegie branches:

  • Fremont Branch
  • Green Lake Branch
  • Queen Anne Branch
  • University Branch
  • West Seattle Branch