A testament to French Renaissance and/or the Beaux-Arts style of architecture, The Carnegie is a work of art in and of itself. Impediment sculptures by Covington’s own J.C. Meyerberg depict Minerva, the goddess of wisdom and invention, accompanied by two youths, one representing the useful arts and the other fine arts.
Inside the original library building, two floors are connected by ornately carved dual winding staircases. A circular balcony and open rotunda overlook the main floor underneath an impressive amber glass dome. Complementing the space is an adjoining theatre, modeled after a 19th-century French Opera House and containing acoustics that makes it among the most perfect sound for one of its size.
Serving the community is our mission and one that wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of several individuals, private foundations and organizations within our region. We also graciously receive operating support from ArtsWave, the Kentucky Arts Council, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation and Kenton County Fiscal Courts. Membership dues and ticket sales round out the remainder of our fiscal support.
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