Carnegie Libraries in the
Used by H.H. Richardson between 1872 and his death in 1886, and adopted by other architects through the early part of the 20th century, the revival of Romanesque was seen especially in the east in libraries, railroad stations, and large residences. A sense of massiveness is created by use of a variety of stone and rock-faced masonry, round arches with lintels, sometimes towers.
Six California Carnegie libraries that exemplified the Richardsonian Romanesque were constructed between 1904 and 1907. Hanford, San Luis Obispo, and Nevada City are still standing. Santa Cruz and Santa Rosa have been demolished. Chico was drastically remodeled in 1939 and may now be considered an example of Mediterranean Revival.
Two libraries originally constructed in other styles now exemplify the Mediterranean Revival style: the 1905 Romanesque Chico, after extensive remodeling in 1939; and the 1908 Classical Revival South Pasadena as remodeled in 1930.