Free library of Philadelphia, central branch

Historical Images of Philadelphia Charles Higgins Negatives
Free library of Philadelphia, central branch

Item Info

Item No: pdch00118
Title: Free library of Philadelphia, central branch
Historic Street Address: 1901 Vine Street
Media Type: Glass Plate Negatives
Source: Print and Picture Collection

Image taken by Philadelphia Evening Bulletin photographer Charles T. Higgins.  Notes on the negative's envelope read:  "Free Library of Philadelphia, Central Branch, 1926"

This late 1926 image shows the bronze statue of Dr. William Pepper, given pride of place on the landing of the grand staircase in the lobby of the Parkway Central branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia.  Dr. Pepper was the founder of the Free Library in 1891, but the Parkway Central branch was under construction from 1917-1927 (after Pepper's death in 1898).  The statue is an 1899 casting of the 1896 statue by sculptor Karl Bitter (the original is at the University of Pennsylvania).

Creation Year: 1926
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.171102
Geocode Latitude:39.959302

Creator Name: Higgins, Charles - Photographer