The Oregon Public Library, established in 1872, resided in rental space until the early 1900's. Funded by Andrew Carnegie & designed by Pond & Pond, the current building opened in 1908. Allen and Irving Pond, two Chicago architects and former Eagle's Nest members, designed the Oregon Public Library - a Carnegie library building now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The library's gallery showcases turn-of-the-century works, including Lorado Taft and Nellie Verne Walker's neo-classical masterpieces. The second-story art gallery's exceptional collection boasts a vast number of paintings and sculptures, most of which are on permanent display. In 1918, Lorado Taft, along with Oliver Dennett Grover, Charles Frances Browne, and Nellie Verne Walker, founded the art gallery on the second floor of the library. They used it for regular art showings and lectures. Most of the works you see in the gallery today were gifted to the library by members of Eagle's Nest Art Colony.