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The Carnegie Center

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 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.

The Carnegie Center is open for tours on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 10 am - 3pm, as well as the Children’s History Cnter and the Gift Shop.

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 use their free passes for a tour.

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


Moore House Museum

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.

The Moore House Museum is open for tours on Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and also for special events.

Moore House Tour Fee:

A nominal fee of $5 is charged for adults and seniors; $3 for students from age 6 - 21; free for children up through age 6, but must be accompanied by an adult.  Lorain Historical Society Members can use their free passes for a tour.