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  Ben Franklin founds the Library Company  
  Philadelphia City Hall in 1899 Pepper bequest founds the Free Library of Philadelphia
  Philadelphia voters approve a referendum for a new central library building
  Julian Abele college graduation biographical entry
  Ceremonial start of construction of the Fairmount Parkway Abele joins Trumbauer's firm
  The Central Library moves to the College of Physicians Building
  Portrait of John E. Reyburn
  Early blueprint of the floor plans
  Letter from Andrew Carnegie to John Thomson
  Groundbreaking ceremony for the Main Library Building, May 12, 1917 Groundbreaking is cancelled
  Construction of the foundation, October 6, 1921 Fairmount Parkway Opens, 1918
  Cornerstone laying ceremony of the Central Library
  Completion of the exterior, April 1, 1925
  Throng attends new library opening ceremony

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