Kingsessing Branch

Item Info

Item No: pdcf00233
Title: Kingsessing Branch
Additional Title: View of basement lecture room of the Kingsessing Branch, 1961
Historic Street Address: 1201 S. 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 basment lecture room was taken in 1961, after extensive rehabilitation. The light fixtures were replaced with fluorescent lighting; the cement floor was covered with linoleum tile; and the brick walls and windows were repaired and painted.

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