Item No: pdcf00098
Title: Fishtown Community Branch
Additional Title: Fishtown Community Branch, 1988
Historic Street Address:
1217 East Montgomery Avenue
Print and Picture Collection
The originally-named Community Branch Library, opened in 1947, was located at 615 Girard Avenue. However, the building was torn down in 1949, so that a new police station could be built. The building pictured here, located at Montgomery Avenue & Flora Street, was built in 1895 as a stable, and was later used as a fire station for horse-drawn wagons. It was donated in the late 1940s by the City of Philadelphia, becoming the new home for the Community Branch of the Free Library on March 31, 1950. It was renamed Fishtown Community Branch in 1982.
The Fishtown Community Branch was renovated extensively in 1988-89, with the addition of a balcony, meeting room, elevator, and new cupola. This November 1988 exterior view shows workmen dismantling the original cupola, but saving the treasured fish sculpture.
This branch serves the communities of Fishtown and New Kensington.