George Institute Branch

Item Info

Item No: pdcf00134
Title: George Institute Branch
Additional Title: Interior view of the George Institute Branch, 1963
Historic Street Address: 1461 N. 52nd Street
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

The George Institute was a neighborhood library, located at the corner of 52nd Street and Bible Way (just south of Lancaster Avenue).  It was chartered in 1872 by the George family, a prominent Philadelphia Quaker family of Welsh origin. Dissolved in 1927, the library’s assets were awarded to the Free Library of Philadelphia, and it was reopened on May 1, 1928, as the George Institute Branch.

This interior view, facing the back of the building, was taken in 1963, following additional renovations—principally, new flooring, painting, and furniture.

The building is no longer an active library branch today, but it served the West Philadelphia and Overbrook communities until it closed on June 2, 2001.

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