On the Market: A Home in a Former Massachusetts Library
The Carnegie Public Library, once the reading room of Rockport, now has three bedrooms and an underground garage.
18 Jewett Street, Rockport
Size: 3,882 square feet
Gather ’round, bookworms, because your dream home just hit the market. A library-turned-residence is for sale in Rockport—you’ll just need to scrape together $2.8 million to buy it.
Built in 1904 with locally quarried granite, the Carnegie Public Library was funded by philanthropist and steel magnate Andrew Carnegie. It opened to the public in 1906 and served the town until the 1990s, when the Rockport Public Library moved into another building in town. For a few years, this Greek Revival library stood empty until a Florida couple bought the place in 2005, transforming it into an eye-catching private residence.
The almost 4,000-square-foot home boasts three bedrooms, three and a half bathrooms, a gourmet kitchen, a living room with a fireplace, and a veranda with ocean views. Below, there’s an underground garage with two parking spaces, as well as extra living space. Not only is the abode lovably quirky, but it’s situated steps from Main Street in one of Massachusetts’ most charming coastal towns—a win-win, really. This, as they say, is one for the books.
For information, contact Debra Lovelace, RE/MAX Advantage Real Estate, remax.com.