San Francisco Landmarks
The Sunset Carnegie Library, designed by architect Gustave Albert Lansburgh in the Classical Revival style, was the fifth of seven Carnegie branch libraries built in San Francisco.
Lansburgh drew two plans, one rectangular with interior stairs much like Mission and Noe Valley, the other octagonal. The octagonal was judged "quite impossible" and the other plan approved with slight revision.
In this version of the Classical Revival, the central entrance is recessed within a loggia formed by three tall round arches supported by two segmented Corinthian columns and two pilasters. Names of authors, many Western, are inscribed under the sills of recessed arched windows.
All seven buildings still function as libraries (see map).
Some Carnegie Free Libraries in California: