The Carnegie Library, which is presently the Hockaday Museum of Art, was built in 1904 with funds provided by Andrew Carnegie. The building became the Hockaday Museum of Art in 1969. One of the most notable features of the Hockaday Museum of Art is the original interior trim work, which is reminiscent of the affluent buildings of the early 20th century. In addition to its display of the archetypal beautiful trim work of the time, the Hockaday Museum is also home to one of the largest collections of Glacier Park art in the country. The art collections are currently valued at 1.8 million dollars, and they are appreciated by tens of thousands of museum-goers annually.
The Hockaday Museum of Art was funded by The History Foundation to restore the trim and molding work to its original glory, which will allow the museum to continue showcasing Kalispell’s local history through the accumulated collections of art and artifacts. The museum restored the trim work in the front entrance-way; the part of the museum that receives the most foot traffic.