City Seeks Proposals for Historic Carnegie Building




October 22, 2018




Amanda Gehrke, Management Analyst



City Seeks Proposals for Historic Carnegie Building



Text Box:  The City of Alameda is seeking statements of qualifications from parties interested in restoring and leasing the historic Carnegie Building, and – if desired – the adjacent Foster House.


The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) is available for download at


The City will host an RFQ Orientation on Monday, November 5, 2018, at 6 pm in Council Chambers at City Hall, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue. The Carnegie will be open to the public for viewing on November 5, 6, and 8, from 1-4 pm.


Proposals are due December 17, 2018, and the selection process is expected to take place in winter/spring of 2019.


Originally constructed as the Alameda Free Library, the Carnegie Building was one of the first three libraries funded by Andrew Carnegie to be built in California. The Foster House was originally home to the contractor who built the library, and was converted to the Children’s Library in 1926.


The Carnegie Building and Foster House remained in continuous operation as a public library until 1998, when the library moved into an interim building and later into the new Main Library on Oak Street. Until 2013, the Foster House was occupied by Alameda County Health Services. Both buildings are now vacant.


For more information, visit or contact Amanda Gehrke, Management Analyst, at 510-747-6896.