Then and Now

Then and Now

Built in 1912 as part of the Andrew Carnegie Library program, this charming building spent much of its history overshadowed by the now-demolished City Hall, as shown in the photos below. Today, sunlight streams through its massive windows, illuminating the beautiful red brickwork that supports a lofty east facing portico and grand decorative columns atop the three-sided staircase.

The front pillar proudly displays the Historical Recognition plaque awarded in 1986 by the Ministry of Culture and Communications and the Forest LAGAC committee. This honor is a testament to the dedication of Forest businessman Victor Alderson, whose efforts ensured the building's storied past continues to be celebrated.

WA Mahoney, the architect, and Charles McCordic, the building contractor, collaborated to craft this building in the Neoclassical style, inspired by Roman Palladian architecture. Characterized by its stately and grand appearance, the design is symmetrical, with each side mirroring the other. The structure features columns or pillars that support a shielded entrance known as a portico. Through the large entry door, the staircase leads directly into the open floor area, where ample natural light illuminates the space, which creates an environment conducive to enlightenment and discovery.

Today, although classified as a commercial building, the former Forest Carnegie Library honors its historical roots by serving as a hub of information and collaboration. Here, we offer a variety of experiences aimed at learning and sharing. Whether it’s hosting educational sessions on creating podcasts, facilitating global discussions via the internet, or providing a space for business meetings, cooking preparation, recreational activities, or social gatherings, the Forest Carnegie Library Event Centre is designed to foster learning in all its forms; A Thirst for Knowledge.

Additionally, the space is available for rent, in small day time slots, enabling private events, ensuring that every experience can be personalized and exclusive. This center is not just about preserving history; it's about continuing to enrich lives through todays ways of sharing knowledge and community engagement.