Kingsessing Branch

Item Info

Item No: pdcf00232
Title: Kingsessing Branch
Additional Title: Interior view of the Kingsessing Branch, 1961
Historic Street Address: 1201 South 51st Street
Media Type: Photographic Prints
Source: Print and Picture Collection

 The Kingsessing Branch opened on November 29, 1919. The land for the library was provided by the Board of Recreation for the City of Philadelphia, as part of the Kingsessing Recreational Park and Playground. The branch was the 22nd library in Philadelphia to be constructed with Andrew Carnegie funds.

This interior view of the main room was taken in March 1961, after major rehabilitation. The skylight and chandeliers were replaced with flourescent lighting; walls and woodwork were repainted in a light shade; new linoleum tile replaced the wood floors; and a small private staff office was added (on the right, rear).

Located in Kingsessing Park, fronting on 51st Street, between Chester and Kingsessing Avenues, this branch serves the Kingsessing neighborhood.

Creation Year: 1961
Geocode Latitude: Geocode Longitude:-75.218206
Geocode Latitude:39.942032