The Art Center's Little Known Secret

Updated: May 5

By Nancy Albright

Few may know there is a time capsule inside the cornerstone of the South Haven Center for the Arts building—originally the Andrew Carnegie Library—built in 1905.

Architecturally, a cornerstone is the first stone laid in a building’s foundation, which serves as a reference from which to build up. Our cornerstone sits on the northeast corner of the building, and according to an article published in the South Haven Daily Tribune on Friday, October 6, 1905, the stone was swung into place at two o’clock on that day by project foreman O. M. Foster and the Reverend W. P. Law. According to the paper, Library Board President W. S. Bradley was delayed and didn’t arrive in time for the ceremony.

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