North Central College - Naperville, IL

150 Moments: Carnegie Library, Goldspohn Science Hall, the heating plant

Three iconic buildings, built in the early 1900s, doubled the College’s physical plant and are still fully utilized today, though for different purposes.

By the early 1900s, North Central College’s need for space beyond Old Main became a crucial concern. College President Herman J. Kiekhoefer and Judge John S. Goodwin initiated contact with philanthropist Andrew Carnegie to seek out funds for new facilities.

After much discussion, Carnegie agreed to donate $25,000 to then North-Western College for a new library building. Carnegie Library, as it was formerly called, was one of only a few academic libraries in Illinois that received funding from Carnegie.

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