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Jeffersonville landmark seeking tenant

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Louisville, Ky.(WDRB TV-Fox 41)--It's one of southern Indiana's most impressive buildings with its distinctive copper dome. The Carnegie Library in the heart of downtown Jeffersonville was beautifully restored in 2006.

"We really see this building as one of the Jeffersonville's crowned jewels," says Robyn Davis Sekula, a marketing consultant for the Jeffersonville Carnegie Library Foundation.

After a $4 million restoration, the Beaux Arts style building was the home of an organization dedicated to preserving the works of great writers. But that organization moved out about a year ago. So the library foundation is seeking a new tenant for the historic structure. It would like to have another non-profit organization move in.

"This could include art works, as well as a collection of books, or artifacts, things along those lines," says Sekula," We want an organization that will allow the public to still be able to come through the building and visit it."

The library building has 7500 square feet inside that is just as impressive as it is on the outside. There is hand-milled woodwork in cherry, mahogany, and maple. Adds Sekula,"It's a very stately building."

Constructed in 1905, it is one of more than 1600 such libraries built around the country by steel and railroad baron Andrew Carnegie. The local foundation is looking to sign some organization to a five year lease.

"This building has been here for 105 years and we want to take our time and find the right tenant," says Sekula.

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