Carnegie immigrated to the US in 1848 with his family and settled in Pennsylvania. He worked his way up through the steel industry and eventually become known as the second richest man in history after John D. Rockefeller. He is also known as the "Patron Saint of Libraries." He donated funds which supplied the financial backing for 1689 libraries across the US. All that was required was that the city demonstrate a need, provide the land, books and librarians and pledge an annual 10 percent match to cover maintenance. Twenty three such Carnegie libraries were built in Utah.
On November 9th, 1916, the city of Springville become the 19th city in Utah to receive a grant from the Carnegie Corporation. The grant totalled $10,000. The library was designed by the architecture firm Ware and Tragenza (possibly spelt Tregenza) who had previously designed the library in Mt. Pleasant and would eventually design the libraries in Lehi and American Fork. The architects designed the library using the prairie style, the architectural style made famous by Frank Lloyd Wright (an interesting side note on prairie style buildings. I heard that one of Wright's assistants was from Utah, and after working with Wright returned to Utah to live and work. That is why Utah has one of the highest concentration of prairie style buildings outside of the Midwest. If you look around town, you'll find buildings everywhere built in this style. For more info on prairie style architecture in Utah, click here). The building opened in 1922. Here is what it looked like in 1937:
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Eventually the library was moved elsewhere in Springville and the building became the home of the Springville Chapter of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers (DUP). I don't know exactly when it happened, but I found an article from the Deseret News stating that in 1989 the building was already being used by the DUP. Here is a picture of the building as it currently is found (at 175 S. Main Street):
It is a pretty cool building and is currently part of the National Register of Historic Places. There are a bunch of tile on the top which give it an art deco/Native American feel. You can tell that not much has changed since the 30's. One of the significant differences is the statues around the building, which include a nice one a girl watering the flowers and Mark Twain which is fun to sit next to (which I always found ironic because he wasn't a fan of Utah). Here are the statues: