Scoville Library history uncovered--literally

Contractors working on the Scoville renovation project made a cool discovery, revealing the signatures of some of the original builders of the iconic Carleton landmark.

Jan. 12, 2017
  • Scoville - original builders signaturesMillwork uncovered by contractors on the Scoville renovation project likely revealed some of the original workers' signatures, dating September 1896.

  • Scoville Library - Main RoomThe main room of the Scoville Library in 1926.Stork

  • Scoville Library - Reading RoomStudents in the reading room of Scoville Library.

  • Commemorative articles placed in cornerstone of ScovilleCharles H. Cooper, Librarian for the College, laying commemorative articles in the cornerstone of Scoville Library after the commencement ceremony on June 10, 1896.  Also present are workmen and young boys watching the ceremony.

  • Scoville Library - Reading Room fireplaceThe Scoville Library reading room fireplace, taken sometime between 1896-1909.

  • Scoville Library - Reading RoomThe Scoville Library reading room, taken sometime between 1896-1909.

  • Scoville Library - Reading RoomThe Scoville Library reading roo, from sometime between 1896-1909.

  • Scoville main roomYoung GIs in the Scoville main room

Earlier this week, workers from Terra Contractors, working on Carleton's Scoville renovation project, made this discovery:


Scoville,  originally constructed in 1896 as the College's library, was renovated for office and classroom uses in 1954 after Gould Library was built because the school needed a much larger library space. The project is restoring the architectural integrity of the building and addressing issues of accessibility as a primary focus of the renovation, allowing Scoville to become an elegant, public-centered home for Carleton's admissions and financial aid offices. Once that project is finished and those two offices move, the career center will move into the vacated Johnson House (after minor renovations), giving that office a more visible and accessible space on campus.

Much of the original interior architecture, including the stunning archways and beautiful columns, will be restored with the current project. It's scheduled for a summer 2017 completion date.