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Library building is said to be sold

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The sale of the historic Carnegie Library building in downtown Roswell is expected to close soon, a local real estate broker says. (Lisa Dunlap Photo)

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The former Carnegie Library building on West Third Street in downtown Roswell is in the process of being sold to a private buyer.

The original structure was built in 1906 by the Roswell Women’s Club after receipt of a grant from the Carnegie Foundation. Now the existing building at 123 W. Third St. near the intersection of North Richardson Avenue has been purchased by a private buyer, said a local real estate broker and a member of the current owner’s family.

“It is in the midst of being finalized,” said Todd Taylor of Ranchline Taylor and Taylor Realtors Ltd. about the sale, adding that the transaction should close within weeks.

Taylor declined to divulge any specifics about the buyer such as whether the buyer is local, what the buyer intends to do with the building and whether the buyer will occupy the historic structure.

According to a warranty deed on file with Chaves County, Paul Taylor III purchased the property in 2004 from Larry and Cindy Marker. Todd Taylor said the building was being used as an office building at the time of that purchase.

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The property consists of 7,425 square feet of land and 9,156 square feet of building, according to Chaves County property records. The current assessed value for tax purposes is given as $59,801, while the actual value according to county assessment is $179,403.

According to various press and historical accounts, the Carnegie Library building has been expanded and renovated a couple of times in its history. It served as Roswell’s public library until 1978, when the library’s location was on North Pennsylvania Avenue was established. Roswell’s Carnegie Library was one of only three such libraries in the state. The one in Las Vegas continues to serve as a library, while the building in Raton has been demolished. The West Third Street building in Roswell, in addition to serving as a library and an office building, also has been a restaurant and lounge.

Senior Writer Lisa Dunlap can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 310, or at reporter02@rdrnews.com. 

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Lisa Dunlap is a general assignment reporter for the Roswell Daily Record.