The Carnegie Library first opened in 1903, only to be torn down in 1962 to make room for more parking. As a result, Library Park in downtown Redding had become more parking lot than park. However, in a strange turn of fortunes in 1995, thanks to the efforts of several local businesses the parking was removed. The park experienced a huge resurgence in popularity, in part due to a weekly summer music event called MarketFest. Later, when we were commissioned to design a new stage for the park, it seemed only natural to offer the design as memorial to the demolished library.
Built mostly by volunteers, the steel, canvas and glass block structure known as the Carnegie Stage was designed as an abstract interpretation of the library on whose site it now stands. In addition to the stage, improved landscaping, lighting and custom misting fans have attracted thousands of residents every summer to what has become a very popular gathering place.
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