Our Buildings

Please Note: Our buildings are closed for a Winter Break, to allow for Staff Development, Program Planning, Artifact Inventory, and a deep cleaning.  We will re-open on Tuesday, February 14, 2023.


About the Carnegie Center…

The cornerstone for the building that is referred to as the Carnegie Center was laid on August 19, 1903.  The building project was funded with a gift from the Andrew Carnegie Building Foundation, in the amount of $30,000 along with support from the local community.

Head Librarian, Margaret Deming remarked “this is one of the greatest days…to open the doors to that elect society which is the privilege of us all to enjoy when we read good books.”

One hundred and ten years later, in August of 2013, the Lorain Historical Society collaborated with the City  of Lorain, Lorain City Council and the Lorain Port Authority to acquire ownership of this building.  It is now the home to the administrative offices, community meeting room, gift shop, historic display center and education center of the Lorain Historical Society.

Carnegie Center Hours for Tours and Gift Shop:

The Carnegie Center is open to the public on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 am – 3 pm.

Carnegie Center Tour Fee:

Adults (over 18): $8; Students (age 6 – 18): $3; Children under 6 are free when accompanied by an adult.  Lorain Historical Society Members can tour for free.

Administrative Offices are open Tuesday through Friday from 10 am – 3 pm.  We can also be reached by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone at (440) 245-2563.


About the Moore House…

Leonard M. Moore built what is now referred to as the Moore House Museum in 1906. He was a bank trustee, businessman and Secretary/Treasurer of the Lorain Lumber and Manufacturing Company as well as City Council Member and Mayor.

He and his wife, Caroline, raised their three daughters in this home, and his daughter Helen lived there until her death in 1980.  The house was left to the City of Lorain in Helen’s will.

In 1994, the Moore House became the home to the Black River Historical Society, now known as the Lorain Historical Society.  It is maintained as a house museum of the 1920’s era of Lorain.

Moore House Hours:

At this time, the Moore House is closed for renovation.