The Carnegie Professional Building ($1,000,000)

The Carnegie Professional Building ($1,000,000)

Carnegie Professional Building
355 W. Las Palmas Avenue
Patterson, CA 95363

Designed by architect DeColmisnil and built by Burton Morgan in 1921.

The Patterson Carnegie building, stucco over brick, and one story over a high raised basement, is an example of the Classical Revival in which the central element does not break the roof line but is rather a three-dimensional door frame which projects from the flat plane of the building.
In this case, the building is designed to be compatible with the general Spanish theme of the community’s architecture. Carved rafters support the overhanging eave of the low hipped roof.
The building is symmetrical, with round arched entrance door in the central element and three tall narrow windows in each wing. A steep flight of brick stairs leads almost directly from the sidewalk to the entrance, with a low wide slanting solid rail alongside the upper stairs, and a low level solid rail of brick flanking the lower stairs. A wrought iron rail, with twisted spindles, has been added along the edge of the stairs and down the center. In 1964-65 a rear entrance was added for the basement community room, mid interior non-structural changes
have been made to accommodate post-library use. These changes have not subtracted from the building’s essential integrity. Many years ago, the Las Palmas Avenue palms were replaced by
Modesto ash and those now tall trees shade the front of the lot; the rear yard is enclosed by a fence over which a number of smaller trees are visible. Most recently known as the “Olde Carnegie Library,” it is currently the Carnegie Professional Center.

Carnegie Professional Center
355 W. Las Palmas Avenue
Patterson, CA 95363

The entrance is slightly recessed, with the suggestion of a pilaster flanking the double wood framed half glass door. Above the half-round arch is an unobtrusive medallion; below the arch the transom is many-lighted with vertical panes. Small wrought iron light fixtures flank the door. The stairs leading to the door appear to be relatively new, as do the wrought iron hand rails which supplement the otherwise quite low solid rails.

The Patterson Carnegie Professional Building was constructed with a Classical Revival Architectural style as represented in many California Carnegie library buildings and achieves a monumental effect and is characterized by symmetry and a central entrance element, with arched and tile openings, tile roofs, hipped or gable roof lines, curvilinear gable ends, and wide arched windows. The building is symmetrical, with few angles or projections, the roof lines are generally level, or slightly hipped, and mostly unadorned.

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